Islamic Education Using iPads: part 4
Whenever you ask a Muslim child or any Muslim for that matter, “Do you love the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)?” The immediate answer is, “Yes, of course!” We love to learn about the ones we love and so to increase students love for the Prophet they must learn about his life and teachings. The Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) character is one that all Muslims are told to follow,
Allah (swt) has mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, “Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have an excellent example to follow, for the one who hopes in the meeting with Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.” (Qur’an, 33:21)
He was a political leader, military leader, an imam, a father, and a husband and there is no example better than his to be successful in any of these positions.
In this very special feature I worked with an exemplary Islamic Studies teacher from Orange Crescent School in Orange County, CA to bring 21st Century learning into his classroom. Br. Zubair was introduced to me by one of my childhood friends Nadia Nawaz. When we got to talking about student engagement and motivation in the Islamic Studies classroom, Br. Zubair knew he wanted to bring in something new and exciting. What better way to reach the young digital natives than through the use of the iPad. The upcoming project at the time was on the Seerah of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and using Br. Zubair’s lesson plan and my educational technology skills students engaged in a whole new learning experience!
Just because Orange Crescent School is not a 1:1 iPad program did not deter Br. Zubair from pursuing his passion to bring technology into the classroom. After a conversation with his principal he engaged his parents by writing them a letter and explaining what he would like to do. The parents immediately jumped on board and he established procedures that would allow for the students to bring the iPads and ensure that they would remain safe and secure. This is the FIRST time his 5th grade students were using iPads in the classroom and they did a phenomenal job if I do say so myself! Enjoy this very special feature and I hope that it inspires you to bring innovative teaching methods into your classroom too.
Students will be learning about the Seerah – Life of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). To demonstrate their knowledge students will be creating multimedia presentation using the iPad. Students must choose 5 events to describe from the life of Mohammad (saw). Students must provide 3 images for each event. Outlining the information is a crucial step in students being able to create a quality project that is creative and content rich. An outline for students to use can be found here (attach the link to the handout doc) When describing each event students must include:
The year and date the event took place. If you cannot find the exact date, the year must be mentioned
The place the event happened e.g. Makkah, Madinah, Badr.
5-7 sentences describing the event
The name of the resource where you found the information
Option Number One – iMovie Trailer and Keynote
Students will create an iMovie Trailer that provides an overview of the life of the Prophet Muhammad (saws). The trailer must tell a story. The trailer should be linked to the Title Slide of the presentation.
Last Slide – Resource References
Option Number Two – Tellagami and iMovie
Students will use the Tellagami app to create characters that will tell the story of Prophet Muhammad (saws). They will import the character recordings into iMovie. Students must include three pictures for each event.
Students will submit a typed paper stating their resource references.
Option Three – Using Explain Everything
Students will use a screen casting app to narrate the story of the Prophet Muhammad (saws).
Br. Zubair chose Option Two. Are you curious to see what the finished product looked like? Click on the videos to the right to take a look!
For her latest feature in this series, Sabba looks at using the iPad to teach about the Seerah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
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: