Technology is no longer an optional extra for any institution dedicated to meaningful education and Al Haramain Schools are committed to reaping the benefits of technology in delivering quality Qur’anic and Islamic education to students in the UK through an advanced user experience. Only in this way can we truly involve future generations in their own learning and keep the beauty of the Qur’an relevant to them.
Thanks to improved technology, schools across the world now have access to the latest equipment and teaching methods in and out of their classes. All this technology serves a number of purposes. First, it helps connect with students through mediums they use every day. Facebook groups, for instance, are widely used by teachers to supplement learner and encourage collaboration between students. Second, integrating technology into educational environments keeps children engaged. In a world where children frequently learn to use tablets and other technology as part of their development at home, it seems counterproductive to remove this technology from their lives during their official education at school. Integrating technology ensures that children are learning in a way that is both familiar to them and which can challenge them, often more so than traditional learning methods. Finally, it’s worth noting that the idea of the passive learning model is all but defunct. Children are no longer willing to be taught in sterile, boring ways. If teachers want to invigorate and enthuse their students, technology must be in the room.
It is equally vital that technology is involved when Qur’anic and Islamic studies are being taught. Now, more than ever, innovation is required to ensure that future generations are as engrossed and energised by the teachings of the Qur’an as their ancestors. We can no longer hope to keep them interested by passive learning or textbook teaching alone.
If we want to ensure that the teachings of the Qur’an and Islamic studies are taken forward from generation to generation, technology must be brought into classical teachings. Educators in the West have adopted these technologies and Muslims owe it to their children and grandchildren to proactively pursue these teaching methods too.
Al Haramain Schools are the first in the UK and Europe to incorporate Augmented Reality (AR) technology into Qur’anic teaching materials and operate with advanced cutting-edge user platforms. We understand that instilling a lifelong love of the Qur’an into students can only be achieved by making use of the technology that’s available to us. This is only one way in which Al Haramain Schools are doing things differently to other Madrasahs in the UK and beyond.