Islamic Education Using iPads: part 1
The Prophet Muhammad (saws) said, “The believers most perfect in faith are those that are best in character.” – Prophet Muhammad (as reported in Tirmidhi)
Studying and learning about Islam is a lifelong process for Muslims, and those fortunate to have this as a course in their school have an opportunity to learn about the religion of Islam from an academic perspective, constructing their knowledge and understanding the reasoning behind Islamic teachings, rather than blindly following in the footsteps of the generations that preceded them.
A teacher of Islamic Education is in a position that brings much reward, however there is also a strong sense of responsibility. Given the political state worldwide and the growing fears and misconceptions that surround the religion of Islam, the need for well-informed Muslims who have a true understanding of the religion of Islam and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (saws) is more important now than perhaps ever before. These educators have a responsibility to teach students to be confident in their faith so that they may become the teachers of tomorrow who work to create understanding and respect between themselves and people of other faiths. These are students who stand firm in their identity, know right from wrong, and are not afraid to speak up to defend themselves and what they believe in.
Teachers of Islamic Studies, teach so that when your students have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, they have the knowledge, confidence and skills to choose the path that is right, no matter how difficult that path may be.
Like teachers of other subject areas, Islamic Studies teachers must make a choice about how they will teach their students of the 21st Century. This is a subject area that is just as important as Math, Science and English.
Are you going to pull digital students away from their digital world or are you going to harness the power of technology and use it to motivate and engage students by reaching into their digital world and learning their language.
Are you going to build student-centered learning environments that enhance and develop the four key learning skills – critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration so that students enjoy learning about their religion and have the confidence to teach and share it with others?
In this series you will learn about how you can redefine the Islamic Studies learning experience for students of all ages by using technology to enhance your curriculum and develop key 21st Century learning skills all while giving students the lessons they need to have a strong character, so that they may be the most perfect in faith.
A 1:1 learning environment should be guided by the SAMR Model. A model created by Dr. Ruben Puentedera, that allows the teacher to assess how they are using technology in the classroom. Furthermore it allows you to see where you are at, and guides you towards making changes with how you implement technology. Through this model, ultimately you are able to redefine your classroom, where students are engaged in tasks that before were inconceivable.
There are many applications that can be used to create a richer 1:1 learning environment in your classroom. Here is an example of an activity that can be used with all grade levels.
Learning the Qur’an with Explain Everything
SAMR Model Ranking – R
21st Century Skills Used – Creativity, Communication and Collaboration
One of my memories as a young child growing up was my parents asking me to recite what I had learned for my grandparents or aunts and uncles. Naturally, as a young child I was relatively shy. In this day and age, communication with your loved ones has no boundaries and within moments we are connected to those millions of miles away. In this activity, students will record themselves reading a Surah. This activity can be extended for older students to include a discussion on the meaning and tafseer. This activity allows for self-assessment. In this moment, a student is able to see how far they have come, and what more they need to do to perfect their recitation.
The procedure is simple and is listed as follows:
App – Explain Everything
Insert the surah that you wish the student to recite into the slide
The student will use the laser pointer tool and begin to record themselves as they read. When they are done they will stop the recording.
One the next slide the students can talk about the meaning of the surah they have just read.
Students will assess themselves, and in this moment they realize where they are struggling or just how far they have come.
Students can share their accomplishments by uploading the video to YouTube, and sending it to parents, grandparents, family and friends.
As a teacher this is a great resource to have when meeting with parents at conferences and sharing student progress.
In the first of a series of articles, Sabba Quidwai shares her wealth of knowledge in the teaching of Islamic Studies using modern mobile technology to engage students.
Sabba will return soon with the next part of this series.
In the meantime, click on the link below to view a recording of a recent webinar she hosted on integrating technology into Islamic Studies: