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Summary of learning

To present our final assignment of summary of learning. I decided to use PowToon, with animations to present my journey through this class and highlight its most important teachings.

follow this link to view my video!

Thank you for a great class

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MY CONTRIBUTIONS TO learning

At the End of EDTC300 we are asked to share our connections to others in class on all the platforms we were using throughout the course .There came the time when I said “Ahhhhhh” because, definitely, I was not the one keeping track of my interactions with people. Now I understand why Katia said in first class, that “we will regret not doing it”.Well, you know why I did not keep a record of them ? because …there were a lottt of them . 

 I started twitter with lots of reluctance  because I HAD to do it to pass my course. It definitely was out of my comfort zone, but when I started getting the hang of it, I started getting used to it, and every night I started visiting  twitter beside my usual Facebook and WhatsApp visits. I am happy to say that I have been active a lot on twitter sharing resources or replying to my fellows. We were all  like a great community helping each other and building each other up. Here are a few snapshots of me on twitter…(there are a lot more)

There were a whole lot of conversations going on Twitter. I think I was more of a building up person on twitter, celebrating achievements and motivating at times, sharing resources at times, but I like my role I played on twitter. I also enjoyed #saskedchat a lot. Tweet deck was also a great tool to keep track of twitter .

Blog was the second thing I kept on doing. I had so much fun reading project posts and learning from people. I think I mostly commented on projects I would have liked to do myself so It was  really fun for me to read and comment. Mostly the topics I liked were Erin, Brooke and Nelly’s projects , so I kept on visiting them a lot, motivating, inquiring or just complementing. I wish I had more time so I could read all the posts I wanted , but ….maybe later. 

I am sharing a few of the communications we had there…

I may be was not a big help but I feel like I was still there  supporting  as well as learning from them. I would like to share that Erin Zinger went way ahead and suggested an app for me. I was really touched by her gesture and felt so much included. My other fellows also kept on commenting on my blogs, tweeting the whole semester and kept me motivated and making me feel included. I am so much thankful for each and every one of them which supported me a lot on my journey.

I was quite slacking  on slack. Lol… I don’t know why I kept on forgetting to check that , Maybe because you did not remind us Katia !! 🙂 

Overall , it was a very fun journey which I did not want to finish.  I had so much fun supporting my fellows, motivating them , and building them up. As said before, I feel like that I might not be the greatest help, but I was still there, standing with my fellows ,TOGETHER. 

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wrap up

Here is a wrap up of my learning project which I chose to do on learning Quran, The holy book.

Week 1:

 I had been wanting to study my holy book, Quran, for a long time but never got to do it due to the shortage of time . It’s funny but true that I was able to read it but could not understand the meaning. When Katia said to learn a new skill and document it, my mind started thinking about all the possibilities. I did not like any other option but my mind got stuck at this option to utilize my time in a skill I have been wanting to learn so much. I also wanted to learn it because I knew that I will utilize this my whole life and It will benefit me everyday. 

 I only knew the meaning of few very small parts. The Quran  consists of 30 equal portions called “paras “ and is very long. I made a target  to study at least 1-2 paras. It is actually a book and I already had the book but I wanted to look for some online resources to make my journey faster. I thought to  start with the book and  switch to online as soon as I find the resources . I had heard that there are few apps available which are quite helpful. I was super pumped and could not wait to start the project.

Week 2:

In the second week of my learning project,  I started to look online to get some help in my learning project to study my holy book Quran. I was astonished to find that the web is full of resources teaching Quran and it was a very pleasant surprise. I was thinking that reading the book is the only way to study. The first youtube video I found was actually an intro to a website designed for kids to teach them Quran. I found that I almost knew all of the words already. Anyhow, the site was declared to be for kids. later, I found another video which was literally the way I was looking for. The teacher  taught 10 words in the video, teaching every word separately, its meaning in English and the most beautiful thing was that he was teaching the words embedded with other words and the meaning of the whole line together. He had selected the most frequent words used in the Quran so If we knew them then we could understand quite a few lines. . I learnt both video words and asked my daughter to test me. She asked words from both videos and I knew all of them. 

Week 3:

I found and started on a full set of videos made by a scholar Dr Abdul Aziz Abdul raheem. He had introduced 13 words which were used 4479 times in the Quran. He also added detailed meaning of the ayahs he was teaching, One of them was surah Fatiha.. It filled my heart with pleasure as it was the surah very sacredly  used and knowing it well seemed great honor.  

 This part went very well  but the second part of the video consisted of teaching grammar rules. That part hit me hard as it was quite difficult to follow. 

I loved the explanation in the end where the scholar said that a picture speaks thousand words conveying context, emotions and physical attributes as well . I decided to use flash cards hoping they will create flashes on the brain and I will always be able to bring them back to mind. 

Week 4:

This site I found in week 4 was a trial program to teach us words by repetition,  teaching two words together which are used in the Quran. I Found that video was way too fast for me ,so I decided to finish the set of videos of Dr Abdul aziz instead, which I found last week. I also looked for more videos like the 2nd week video.After working on these videos It gave me pleasure when I opened the Quran and saw so many words I knew the meaning of. I also tried to recall the words of the surah Fatiha I learnt last week and asked my daughter to test me as I have been practicing it, Here is a video of how it went..

I decided to  compile the words I learnt and start going through The Quran line by line which would help me check my understanding and would give me a sense of accomplishment.

Week 5:

For this week’s assignment, we were asked to use a new technology resource and incorporate it into our learning project. For my new technology, I decided to use  Adobe spark . It is a multimedia app While Adobe spark as a whole is a suite that includes apps to create videos, animations, and posters. Each of them requires a separate app on the phone. I decided to use the one for posters and downloaded Spark Post on my phone. It was quite difficult at first because I had to figure out a lot of its features which were overwhelming at first, but I slowly got the hang of it. After learning about a few features. I made a screen recording of my phone, with me explaining how adobe spark works.

Week 6:

This week I used Adobe spark to help in my project of learning the Quran . It was a bit ambiguous at the start as I was not 100% sure about how I wanted to use it in my project. I just loved the idea of making and sharing posters that I learned from the app, that I thought of using it. After thinking about it for a bit I decided to create a poster of the words I wanted to learn this week to make it more engaging for me to learn the vocabulary instead of just reading it out of a book or a website.

This is the poster I designed using the spark post app on my phone.

After making that poster I decided to post it on my bedroom wall.  The spark poster solved my problem about time  and I found myself multi-tasking quite a few times while folding laundry, setting my closet, and helping my son in his work. It helped me a lot and I learned my words way faster than I did last week.

Week 7:

One of my class fellows #Erin Zinger, being very kind, searched an app Quran.com for me to look at. I was really touched by her gesture. Thank you so much Erin! I planned to check that out this week. 

 I was pretty amazed to look at the app. I had been thinking about what a Quran App would do, but just did not get time to check out one yet. It was beautiful to have  a single screen showing  translation line by line, tafseer, and  to hear the audio of ayahs (lines) in a beautiful voice . It has a whole lot of other options too. I got really happy and shared this information with my sister too who lives in Chicago.

Week 8:

This week I thought to get in touch with a group of people who are working together to study the Quran so maybe they could explain the details of the translations I know. I sent a request to a ladies group named hayyat e sahaba (ladies only ) and joined the group. It was a large group which were working together to study the Quran and help each other to understand it better.

There were lot of links shared on the group and I found it really hard to take out time to go through all the links.

Week 9:

Great luck to find another good app. I could not help looking at it and found that it was THE BEST  app I could think  of.  

 It has great features to search any surah even by key words, meaning , or to bring a whole search done by translation.,  It opens Other awesome options that we can add our own notes along with each Ayah of the Holy Quran, can save Bookmarks for the Holy Quran to record where you were at , can easily share any Ayah with our friends and family, can listen to Holy Quran’s recitation from at least 12 world-renowned reciters, and listen to Holy Quran’s Audio Translation and Tafseer (Explanation). It also has a very cool feature for kids to learn to read the Quran (an essential skill) .

Week 10:

I was feeling low this week and did not want to do much. I found a blog for my inspiration. It was perfect for me that day as it was written by a lady who was feeling low and then the Quran boosted her up. It is a blog written in WordPress by a blogger Jazlin E. This blog boosted my spirits and I also  learnt how to color code my relevant ayahs for translations. It was a nice way to stay organized.

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Week 11:

I felt really accomplished this week as I found an interactive App called HouseofQuran.com . This app is really good to start and pause a surah from anywhere to learn it . It also has surah in so many different qari’s voices and so many options to learn meaning , full surahs and in parts .  I also joined two different groups to learn the Quran together, globally. I practiced quite a few times with my sister and my cousins  and started getting the hang of words .

Week 12:

I compiled my learnings, using all the words I learnt through the project,  using help from my sister to learn it, (I used  freeconferencecall.com to  connect to her )  and match the puzzle pieces together. I was finally able to comprehend My most favorite surah of Quran “ Surah Rahman” on my own. All BY MYSElF….It was  a very big achievement for me and  I could not be happier by the results. Here is the link to it 

My Finale video

One more big achievement for me this week was that  I learnt to use power director  App to add captions to my video, making it easier to understand. I was quite proud of myself being able to figure it out.


Thank you so much Katia , to push us for the learning project. You don’t know what it means for me , I will never forget this experience and will always value this opportunity.

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This is so special…

To my heart. Totally true, what I am going to share now is so special to my heart. I love this surah of the Quran “SURAH RAHMAN” and wanted to read and understand it so badly. I always thought I would do it someday but it looked like our busy schedules would never give me time. Katia gave this opportunity and it really worked. First , learning frequently used words helped me a lot and then  I asked help from my sister too , who lives in chicago. We used freeconferencecall.com to connect and since she has been teaching Quran over there, she was able to teach me the connecting strands on freeconference .

I was learning myself , was using apps,  and was taking group lessons by my sister with my cousins . I have actually achieved a lot this way and know quite a few surahs of the Quran now . Knowing the frequent words used in Quran makes it possible for me to at least understand portions of every part of Quran and I am super pumped on getting this milestone done. 

I am so excited to share this video with you. This became possible after a lot of hard work and I am super proud and happy to be able to learn it. I have also learnt how to add captions in a video using power director  App so everybody can understand what is the meaning even if they are not able to understand what I am saying. It is also great for deaf or hard of hearing people so I have decided to use this App in the videos I will use in my class so they are resourceful for everyone.

So , I proudly present…..My Finale video

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APP YOURSELF

This week out of two given options,  I decided  to work on Code.org

It was so fun and an engaging experience to do. I started with registering myself as a student on Hour of Code .

 I chose app making in the hour of code.

It was a very smooth video which showed up and taught in a really easy way to make an app. I did not know it was this easy to work.I got really excited and kept on going on each level happily.

And this one

Then this

Yay!! Every level I did made me excited .

But…

The last level where I had to code for going left or right got stuck :). I tried everything but I could not code that. There was some error which I was unable to find. It literally took me 1.5  Hr to debug the code and finally sort of make it work . lol….I got so excited that I posted that on twitter. Check it out and if you notice time it was done around 1 Am. Well , determination counts, isn’t it ??  

       MY AWESOME CODE 

I  learnt that determination is the key. Everything which seems so simple has a lot behind and I think that teaching coding to students is a fabulous way to teach problem solving skills, creative thinking skills, resilience and to provide healthy competition and  ultimate  sense of accomplishment. I would strongly recommend teaching coding to students to help them get these skills for future as well as introduce them to programming if they want to choose it as a career. It is also a healthy, fun and engaging activity for students.

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Together is Better

This week came with big leaps in my project as I found an interactive App called HouseofQuran.com 

It works on your commands and teaches a surah as many times you want it to repeat for you. You can put numbers for words, verse or surah recitation and it keeps on reciting until you learn it. It also gives comprehensive translations of full surah together making it easier to understand.

I was exploring it alone but then one day I talked to my sister in Chicago and told her about my project and then she was willing to join it with me. So we opened apps on our computers and video called each other on messenger. We were reading from HouseofQuran.com App and were helping each other understand and learn. It was an awesome experience and digital technology was the best tool of the moment. This week two more of our cousins joined us and we all were learning together Here are some screen shots from our group today. 

Which was a really fruitful experience and we were able to explore a lot today . We have also created a messenger group named TOGETHER where many other friends and family have joined and we have been sharing Quranic messages and reminders to each other . 

Overall it’s been a very productive week for my learning and I am excited to continue this journey with my friends and family even after the project ends.

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WAR ZONE

Going through some of the many resources shared by Katia today, I felt that us and our next generations are victims of a big war…. A Digital War. Gone are the days when we used to listen and then believe news, as coming from the media was a true source for me. But attending these lectures showed me that we are bombarded by all kinds of, and all intentions behind news and it would be very dangerous to believe anything without research now. My kids had been telling me that everything shared on whatsapp is not true Mom, but I used to think that they just don’t like my friend circle. Thank you Katia for opening my eyes again. 

I would be using Developing critical literacies: What we need to know in a “fake news” world (Article) 

As my personal  go to, to check important news from now on. As I really liked how both Katia and Mr.Couros wrote a comprehensive article (beautiful picture too Katia)(And I know it’s the right person) covering the resources to research the authenticity of news.  I also liked How to choose your news (TedED Video)

As it is giving some really good advice as to research before spreading news , look for facts not opinions and give news some time instead of checking every minute.  

I sure do feel the importance of increasing digital literacy of students to make them able to survive in this cruelly fake world.  I would start from this article/factsheet  How do we teach students to identify fake news? (EdCan Fact Sheet) to start awareness in students .

As going on the internet these days without proper knowledge is like playing with fire. I was just looking on google for images of fake news and I found a FAKE NEWS GENERATOR website, like seriously??

I can relate digital literacy to so many curriculum outcomes , but I am thinking that Grade six will be an appropriate age to seriously incorporate it in curriculum. It is an age when students actually start paying attention to real world news and media has a dramatic influence at this age group. I would add it to English language Arts CR 6.1- CR 6.5 and Health Education 6 USC 6.1 and 6.2. For start we will also use Can you spot the fake news headline? (Quiz) and Spot the troll (Quiz) as they will be the fun way to start this crucial topic and then we can explore other resources. NCTE framework will come hand in hand with these adding value to other resources if dealt properly. 

Are you equipped to meet the challenge??

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Finding inspiration

This week I was feeling low on my hunt to find ways to study the Quran and could not decide what should be my next step. I lazily googled the ways to study the Quran and felt that the blog I found was written for me today.  It is written by a lady who was feeling low and then the Quran boosted her up. It is a blog written in WordPress by a blogger Jazlin E. 

She has shared the ways to find and mark the translation and looks really organized.

I will certainly find the way she is doing translations to find easily later or to find ayahs on a specific topic easily . For this time I have been using green marks to mark on ayahs but I will also use her detailed style  later. 

I would invite everyone to take out few minutes and read her blog  which is really heart warming and beautiful.

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An Eye Opener

The topic last week looked fun at the start when we discovered Cyber Sleuthing. We laughed at our ability to find out information about people which they would have forgotten too. We felt successful after finding private information of people not known to us.

We also got to do Cyber sleuthing of our partners and I partnered with Saima Nasir in our class. I found her easily on Facebook but there was not much information I could get from there. She does not seem to be a frequent user of Facebook but still, some information was easily available. 

Anyhow I managed to figure out her siblings and looked into her sister’s home page and got the information I needed and saw her immediate family too. I realized that even if you are careful about what you post but your friends and family are not careful then they can give away your personal information if your settings are not chosen appropriately. I also thought that as she is entering the education field, she would have a LinkedIn account, but I could not find it. I think my profile on LinkedIn would be similarly bare. I realize how useful LinkedIn could be in making connections in the education field.

 The more I thought about the experience though, the scarier it became to me. This education technology class was a huge eye-opener for me in many ways. I still remember Katia saying in a class that it’s not easy to erase traces of your past in this digital world. Day by day It’s becoming apparent to me and these incidents we have been reading about like Sextortion of Amanda Todd and  Split Image stop my heartbeat. 

The huge impact of digital personality on real life is scary for me and the reality that we can not stop it now is heartbreaking. We must teach digital citizenship as a top priority wherever we have an influence on and have to do our part to save the younger generations. We also have to watch our thought process and the ways we share it on media as little carelessness can ruin your life as we saw in “One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life”  where I felt that maybe she did not mean it in that harsh way which the world took it as. Yet there is no point of return in the digital world.

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Digital citizenship

Now is the time when more than ever we need to teach  Ribble’s nine elements of digital citizenship in our classrooms.  Sextortion of Amanda Todd tells us so many reasons why teens should be equipped with digital citizenship and I would say that if we want to save our generations we have to teach them this more than any other subject of curriculum. This world has become scary for teens without proper tools and we need to do everything to teach them how to swim before we send them to the ocean of technology. 

I loved the  Digital Citizenship Continuum  as it shows the perfect guidelines to use in every classroom in relation to Ribble’s nine elements of digital citizenship   and it must be implied in Saskatchewan Curriculum as schools are the only platform where we can touch and impact each teenager. 

I looked at the SK curriculum and found a lot of places where we can integrate digital citizenship coaching. One of them was grade 7 Health education . It has 3 broad areas to cover which are

And I  believe that  we can teach digital citizenship in this class having these 3 outcomes in mind. It sure will give a positive lifestyle, will improve understanding and relations to others and will help to grow with change.

We will focus on USC 7.1 which talks about multimedia, and web based stuff and teaching personal values.

We can also incorporate it with Grade 9 physical education for outcome 9.10 influences which is about analyzing the influence of mass media.

We also can incorporate it in Wellness 10  in outcome W9 which is covering sexual issues , bullying, suicide , almost everything and its perfect to incorporate digital citizenship in there.

I will definitely teach digital citizenship in my classroom. I will use various strategies to make sure that my students know how to be safe on the internet, signs to ook for, the reasons to be careful and skeptical of information on the web, are well aware of the consequences as well as support which exist in case they find themselves in trouble. I will share the real life stories with them so they can see that it’s real, and how it has affected others. We will do role plays to teach them ways to come out of situations. I will also equip them with the resources available now to report anonymously, if needed. They will be shown ways to engage themselves so they are not  dependent on the digital world in their life. I will also provide counselling and will be there for them as a support if they are ever in need of help.

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Technology ROCKS

Since I used an app last time and really liked it, I thought to search for some more apps which are present to help study the Quran.  

I looked and found an app which appeared first and it was Islam 360 and it had a rating from 4.6-4.9. I could not help looking at it and found that it was THE BEST  app I could think  of.  

Let me share some of the amazing features of the app with you.

HOLY QURAN FEATURES:

We can find any surah or ayah by number .It is almost the same feature as it was in our app last time called quran.com but it has a more professional look .

It also lets you read Quran with translation in English, urdu, roman etc

And really…its a first, if we type a single word ,it will bring all related ayah’s as needed and Search entire translations of the Holy Quran by Word typed in English, Urdu, Roman Urdu or Hindi…Wowww

This incredible app Teaches the Quran lessons which are written and you can go through them any time and can also test yourself.

It has video lessons as well.

So many options available to do anything which can  possibly be done.

Other awesome options are that we can add our own notes along with each Ayah of the Holy Quran, can save Bookmarks for the Holy Quran to record where you are at , can easily share any Ayah with our friends and family, can listen to Holy Quran’s recitation from at least 12 world-renowned reciters, and listen to Holy Quran’s Audio Translation and Tafseer (Explanation). It also has a very cool feature for kids to learn to read the Quran (an essential skill) .

 Some more important features are that we can Check Local Namaz Timings  so we can always pray on time and can check the Qibla direction so we can always pray in the correct direction of the Qibla. It also shows conveniently the Islamic Date and 99 Names of Allah.

I have installed this app on my mom’s phone and she is very happy with the ease it has brought to her daily reading of the Quran. I also have it and I will be using it for my future Quran references. Technology ROCKS !!! like seriously it does…

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The more the merrier

Since me and my sister had been sharing Ayah’s and their translation, I thought that this week I should get in touch with a group of people who are working together to study the Quran and maybe they can explain the details of the translations I know. I sent a request to a ladies group named hayyat e sahaba (ladies only ) and joined the group. It is a large group which are working together to study the Quran and help each other to understand it better.

This is the image of  one screen on the group which is showing the story of one sahabi in detail.

This is another screen showing the link to the lecture given by one of the teachers of the group

 If you want to listen to the lecture , you can click on This link here. There are links being posted almost everyday by members and teachers in group.


I am feeling a bit overwhelmed as I need a lot of time to go through these links but I have decided that I will not let the shortage of time stop me and will listen to lectures whenever possible even if  I can listen to only 1 or 2 lectures.

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Schools in the age of technology

The lecture this week left me in Awe, about how much the world has changed and how little I know about it. I always felt very disconnected from modern apps and technology and thought that it’s only for the younger generation. But the lecture cleared many confusions in my mind about the uses of these games and apps and put things into perspective. Now I know why kids passing across me are talking about “the imposter” and why those girls are doing the same dance steps around the corner. I understand now how pictures are sent from Snapchat and how Instagram shows your personality.

This video by Wesch was an insight for me too as I never realized the reach and extent of internet content fully before. I wanted to say “Chaaarlie “ and make a video to upload to the community of “Chaaaarlie”. I felt so happy to see that boy enjoying the song the way that nobody sees him and then the whole world embracing his joy.

I now truly understand the need to change our ways to connect with our students in the age of technology. Times are gone when teachers could get hold of a class by delivering lectures in person only and using pen and paper or simple word documents. Technology has gone way too far from simple typing and reading. We have to synchronize our lessons with new technology. Students these days are attracted to fast pace, interactive, motion objects. Most of them don’t even enjoy normal movies anymore if they are too slow in the plot. Nowadays, any piece of information moves around in seconds by Snapchat, Instagram and other popular social media.
We also have to be ready for this world which is so fast-paced and interesting that it has made kids’ attention span very limited. It means that our lessons need to be very interesting and quick. now teachers are not only fighting against shortened attention spans but also we have to compete with the temptation of their cellphones. As soon as a lesson gets boring or long, students will go on their phones in their fast-paced world. They also only want to show their participation quickly and spontaneously as we saw in the videos coming in response to youtube videos. They don’t want to put effort and time into long thoughtful assignments. We have to shift most of our lessons online to add value to them. Raz Kids (the reading software), Matheletics (Math prep), Knowledgehook (Maths), text editing software etc are already in place in schools .these are more enticing to students as they are attention grabbing and provide instant feedback.

The biggest Challenge to using that technology in classrooms will be the accommodation of devices. There are still many households (including mine) that can not afford a separate device for each member of the family. If all assignments for all students are online many students will be disadvantaged because they do not get as much time to work on their assignments. Even libraries have an hour limit on the use of public computers. So, to accommodate a more technology-based school system we have to address this disparity.

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Appy Time

One of my class fellows #Erin Zinger, being very kind, searched an app Quran.com for me to look at. I was really touched by her gesture. Thank you so much Erin. I planned to check that out this week. 

 I was pretty amazed to look at the app. I had been thinking about what a Quran App would do, but just did not get time to check out one yet. It was beautiful to have  a single screen showing names of all surahs of the Quran (these are like chapters of a book) . When we click on a surah, It shows its translation line by line. 

You also have the option of going on any line number you want by writing the line number. 

There is another option to hear the audio of ayahs (lines) in a beautiful voice . The big surprise is that this app also shows the  tafseer ( meaning not word by word translation only ,its explanation in detail using different examples) from different books and you can pick a specific book which tafseer you want to read. 

We can also read the background of any surah if we want . It has a very detailed background of every surah about how and when it was revealed, why it got its name, and topics covered in that surah.

There are copy and share options available so we can share any ayah we like on any where we like . I have been sending the ayahs I like to my sister who lives in chicago, who is also interested in studying the Quran . It’s like having a support system with you . Both of us have been sharing ayahs with each other and helping each other understand them weIl. I am thrilled to explore this app more as it’s very convenient to study any surah now having only to open the app and reach any surah you want to read ,and you don’t have to look for separate videos or only to rely on words which are taught in videos. I have already studied 3 surahs and am excited to do more . 

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Using Adobe Spark for the Learning project

Using spark post to help in my project of learning the Quran was a bit ambiguous at the start as I was not 100% sure about how I wanted to use it in my project. I just loved the idea of making and sharing posters that I learned from the app, that I thought of learning it. After thinking about it for a bit. thought that why don’t I make a poster of my words for this week and print it. I decided to create a poster of the words I wanted to learn this week to make it more engaging for me to learn the vocabulary instead of just reading it out of a book or a website.

This is the poster I designed using the spark post app on my phone.

After making that poster I decided to post it on my bedroom wall. As I already shared, life is very busy in my household and I was struggling to find time to sit and learn the words. The spark poster solved my problem and I found myself multi-tasking quite a few times while folding laundry, setting my closet, and helping my son in his work. It helped me a lot and I learned my words way faster than I did last week.
I also set the poster as my wallpaper on my phone so It Was in front of me every time I picked up my phone so I quickly glanced and revised all of the words. It went well and I am so glad that I picked this app for my learning project. It will be way easier to learn words by using the sparks poster. Thank you Katia for starting this project and also asking to come out of my comfort zone and looking for some new things. It really worked !!!

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New technologies – Adobe Spark

For this week’s assignment, we were asked to use a new technology resource and incorporate it into our learning project. For my new technology, I decided to use Adobe Spark. It is a multimedia app I have heard about but have never used before. After a few google searches, I quickly found that it was much easier to use and manage as an app on a phone as opposed to on the web browser. So, I decided to use it on my phone. While Adobe spark as a whole is a suite that includes apps to create videos, animations, and posters. Each of them requires a separate app on the phone. I decided to use the one for posters and downloaded Spark Post on my phone. It was quite difficult at first because I had to figure out a lot of its features which were overwhelming at first, but I slowly got the hang of it. After learning about a few features. I made a screen recording of my phone, with me explaining how adobe spark works. 

It is interesting to see how this app could be used not only for my learning projects. I can also see many uses of it within a classroom. Infographics or fact sheets can often be boring and hard to read, using this app can make them into animations that are attention-grabbing and informative. This app can also be used by students to accompany written projects, as many students do not enjoy drawing as a visual aid for projects. This could be an easy to use and fun alternative to drawing for students who choose it. I see the potential of this technology in this classroom and cannot wait to explore it more. 

We can further analyze its uses through the SAMR model.

SUBSTITUTION

This is when a traditional way of learning is replaced with an electronic version. Spark posts can be used to make posters, infographics, facts sheets instead of physical copies of these graphics. 

AUGMENTATION

Normal ways of presenting facts and information can get boring. The Adobe suite allows different ways of presenting this information. The animations make poster more appealing to look at, the videos can be used to explain concepts more in detail and the posters app can make access to the posters more frequent as they can be printed, shared on apps, the web etc. 

MODIFICATION

The video tool and the poster tool can provide options for students. Many students don’t enjoy drawing or making posters but this makes it easier for them to make them and make them just as visually appealing even if they are not artistically inclined. 

REDEFINITION

Adobe spark can be used to create presentations and videos as assignments in class. The posters can be shared to any group or specific audience , in seconds, without any hurdle which could never be possible in the hand made posters.

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My first video…..😊

This site I found recently says that it is a trial program to teach us words by repetition. So it’s a step ahead teaching two words together which are used in the Quran. I went through it and found it was a decent resource to learn. I found it going pretty fast and it did not provide any reference of words where they are used in Quran. I think I will try to finish the set of videos of Dr Abdul aziz which I found last week. I will also look for more videos like the 2nd week video.

After working on these videos It gives me pleasure when I open the Quran and see so many words I know the meaning of. I also tried to recall the words of the surah fatiha I learnt last week and asked my daughter to test me as I have been practicing it, Here is a video of how it went.

I also realized that I did not upload a picture of The Quran yet . So here is The Quran I have been using to check myself after learning these words.

I think I will spend two more weeks learning more words so I can make better sense of ayas (lines of quran) and then switch to a different approach to learn. I will compile the words I learnt and will start going through The Quran line by line which will help me check my understanding and will give me a sense of accomplishment. After that I am planning to find a group of Quran learners so we can ask for information and share our knowledge.

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Week 3

I found and started on a full set of videos made by a scholar Dr Abdul Aziz Abdul raheem. They are all 26 minutes long . I watched two of them yet. 

So far he has introduced 13 words which are used 4479 times in the Quran. He started by  teaching surah fatiha which is the first surah of the Quran and taught it word by word . He also added detailed meaning of the ayahs he was teaching. It filled my heart with pleasure as it is the surah very sacredly  used and knowing it well seemed great honor. I also invited my kids to come sit with me and study that beautiful and mesmerizing surah. It speaks about our gratitude to the God of the universe  and asks for help from God. 

 This part went very well  and we got it easily also but the second part of the video consisted of teaching grammar rules. That part hit me hard as it was quite difficult to follow. Besides that I am actually not planning to learn Arabic language but I want to study the Quran, So I think I will listen to the grammar part but will not try very hard to retain this information. 

I loved the explanation in the end where the scholar said that a picture speaks thousand words conveying context, emotions and physical attributes as well .For example,  if he says 1000 words we won’t be able to visualize an Elephant, but if we see a picture then we won’t forget it ever. Same is the case when he is teaching us words with meaning , but written on flash cards  will create flashes on the brain and we  will always be able to bring them back to mind. 

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Word by Word…

This is the second week of my learning project. I started to look online to get some help in my learning project to study my holy book Quran. To my astonishment, the web is full of resources teaching Quran and it was a very pleasant surprise. I was thinking that reading the book is the only way to study. The first youtube video I found is actually an intro to a website designed for kids to teach them Quran.

 I liked the way the words were being taught but I found that I almost knew all of the words already. Anyhow, the site is declared to be for kids. I started searching for something similar but a little bit advanced as I knew a little bit but not a lot at all.

Second I found another video that is around 10 mins long and it’s literally the way I was looking for. The teacher has taught 10 words in the video. He is teaching every word separately, its meaning in English and the most beautiful thing is that he is teaching the word embedded with other words and the meaning of the whole line together.

He also has selected the most frequent words used in the Quran so If we know them then we can understand quite a few lines. The number of times words are repeated is also told in the video which makes it interesting to know the frequency of words and gives happiness knowing the meaning of frequent words. I learnt both video words and asked my daughter to test me. She asked words from both videos and I knew all of them. I am thinking that I might make flashcards of words so Its easier to test me and I could revise whenever needed. For example, he chose the word “Kitab” and told us the meaning is “book”

I am very happy with the outcome and can not wait to watch and learn the 2nd episode of the second video.

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Let’s learn Feedly………

Soooo…….My EDTC class wants me to start a Feedly account. So many new words I am going through in this class. I admit that besides being very scared of technology, I took this course to be able to remove my reluctance for this new world. Anyhow, this is being very tricky for me. I made an account on Feedly today, but I did not get a stronghold of it. I chose the Edtech magazine k-1, The nerdy teacher, Accidental creative and free technology for teachers. I envy my peers posting everyday and me still trying to float. Lol, I hope I will get feeds and then I will start getting hang of it. Here is a picture of my FEEDLY account.

I feel that free technology for teachers will help me get hold of Feedly too. So far I noticed that I can see feeds from the topics I followed and I can read in detail the ones I want to. I tried adding it to twitter but I think it is asking for a subscription to do that. Well, I am new for twitter too. Can anyone tell me how can I see my RSS feed in my twitter account?

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About Me

My name is Iram Usmani and I am a proud mom of four beautiful children. My family is my everything, my elder two girls are in university as well and I have a girl in grade 10 and boy in grade 7 .

My brief bio is that I have a Master in Computer science and a bachelor in Education from back home (Pakistan). I received Gold Medals in both degrees there but  when I tried getting my documents assessed on reaching Canada 9 years ago, I got to know that they did not even hold equivalent to high school here. However, I did not give up and here I am today, only 3 courses far from getting a teaching license. It was a long and hard journey but I am happy I did not stop trying.

Currently, I am working as an EA in the Regina public school board as well and trying to manage home, school and work together. Technology is very tricky for me since things have changed entirely from when I learnt computer science. We started from basic language, cobol and ended at c++, oracle, networking but there was no blogging and twitter at that time. I feel quite stuck right now but I will get over it (hopefully) as I took this course to overcome my reluctance in new technology. 

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CAN READ IT BUT CAN NOT UNDERSTAND IT……..

I am not sure about other students in class but life in my household is very busy. Even corona did not bring a dull moment in my life . This is because asian households usually consist of a joint family system and involve lots of cooking every day. Other responsibilities also go hand in hand with that. It gets hectic sometimes but I love every single bit of it. 

That being said, I have been wanting to study my holy book, Quran, for a long time but never got to do it due to the shortage of time . It’s funny but true that I  am able to read it but can not understand the meaning. When Katia said to learn a new skill and document it, my mind started thinking about all the possibilities. I did not like any other option but my mind got stuck at this option to utilize my time in a skill I have been wanting to learn so much. I also want to learn it because I know that I will utilize this my whole life and It will benefit me everyday. 

Right now I only know the meaning of few very small parts.The Quran  consists of 30 equal portions called “paras “ and is very long. My target will be to study at least 1-2 paras. It is actually a book and I already have the book but I will look for some online resources to make my journey faster. I will start with the book and will switch to online as soon as I find them . I have heard that there are few apps available which are quite helpful. I  am super pumped and can not wait to start it  in the coming week after next class.