Reigniting the Arabic Language:
A National UAE Campaign
An exciting nationwide reading campaign for individuals and schools has been announced by the Ministry of Education in Dubai which will run from October 30 to November 15, 2014. “This comes under the directive of His Highness Shaikh Khalifa, who believes that the Arabic language is the essence of our identity, a solid foundation of our nation and is the core of the Arab nation’s identity and form of expression.”
One of the greatest advances in teaching and learning with mobile devices is that students become more than just consumers of information, they now have the power to be creators and curators of content. As you encourage your students to read the Arabic language and engage with rich literature texts, how will you prepare them to create and curate literature of their own. How can we create spaces where students can collaborate on creating Arabic texts? How can we create spaces where students can communicate with not only each other about literature but with classes in other schools across the UAE? How can we invite authors of literature to come and speak with students? How can we empower students as authors? Above all how can we leverage the power of the digital tools available to us to enhance and develop students Arabic reading, writing and speaking skills?
With schools across the UAE being 1:1 with iPads and many students at home having access to them, how can we leverage their potential to motivate and engage students with this campaign? In this special two part series we’ll share a few ideas for individuals and schools to get you started off to a strong start in this exciting competition! While students will not be able to do this for every book they read they can do it for the ones they really enjoyed and would like to share.
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Monday November 3, 2014
Tuesday November 4, 2014
If you are interested in learning about more new and innovative ways to enhance your Islamic Studies and Arabic curriculum through the use of technology join us for this special upcoming event:
Digital Tools in the Arabic and Islamic Studies Classroom
with Sabba Quidwai
Mobile devices have changed the face of teaching and learning in the classroom. Many know mobile devices as a personal tool but there are many ways to utilize it in an educational setting. In this hands on session we’ll take a look at how you can begin designing technology enhanced curriculum for Arabic and Islamic Studies classes. Instead of using a different app for every activity we’ll take a look at a core set that that can be used for all projects and activities with a focus on using mobile devices as portable media creation tools.
Participants will receive a free e-Book titled, "Digital Tools for the Arabic and Islamic Studies Classroom," which will include an overview of all the apps covered, along with lesson examples and a step by step guide on how to use the app.
Morning Session - Exploring Digital Tools
In the morning half of this hands on workshop we will explore a core set of digital tools and take a look at how they can be used for different projects and activities.
Afternoon Session - Applying Digital Tools
In the second half of the session, participants are encouraged to bring lessons, projects and/or activities that they can work on to enhance with technology. Now that you've spent the morning exploring different tools and creating with them lets think about how you can use them in your classes! By the end of the workshop participants will leave with ready to go projects and activities that they can begin using in their classes! Furthermore, we'll share the different lessons and ideas so you'll leave with a library of resources.