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  • This says two things... 1 -- 3 out of the 5 top 5 countries that are using social media have a largely Muslim population 2 -- The choice to use social media to engage Muslims can be the difference between engaging the medium used by a large proportian of Muslims or to not!!
  • What have we got to lose? We shoud be learning from the people who teach kids on a daily basis. They have researched experimented and learned techniques of how best to engage their audience.

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  • How can we be using technology to better engage the ummah? Is it time to re-invent the wheel?
  • Social Media
    • The world has been gripped by social media and the youth have taken communication to a new level.
    FACEBOOK = 750 million members 1/6 people in the world has a Facebook account 2010-2011 Facebook saw over 60% increase in users accesing via mobile devices. Indonesia 2nd largest population on FB. India 3rd, Turkey 5th. TWITTER = 175 Million members 75m New users in the year 2010-2011. 62% Increase in mobile users in 2010 230m Tweets processed each day. What does this mean??? A versatile and widely accessed platform to reach people. The platform of media chosen by youth today. PLEASE READ ON!
  • Internet & Mobile Learning
    • We have already seen the percentages of people using social networks.
    • 77% of the worlds population use a mobile phone. 91% of Americans use a mobile phone to access social media. Remember what the 2nd,3rd and 5th countries to use social media were? UK is the 2nd.
  • So what can we do?
    • The following ideas are not a one size fits all.
    • It may work for some and it may inspire you to do something different.
    • These are a list of ideas put together by great and innovative teachers that have shared their ideas using social media.
    • As a teacher, I have found many useful and developed many ideas to engage students using these examples.
    • These ideas can be adapted and used to develop our method of dawah and teaching.
  • Giving a lecture?
    • Use Twitter/FB/G+ to get opinions of listeners:
      • Use http://twtpoll.com/ to create a poll that can be answered using mobile phones.
      • Q&A at the end? ask members to tweet questions straight to a twitter account (Easier for sisters in some mosques)
      • Use Twitter/FB to ask questions related to the next lecture.
      • Set HW tasks and asks members to tweet findings/links of a topic before/after a lecture.
      • Use Paper.li to create an online newspaper that members can contribute to using hashtags or RSS feeds
  • Giving a lecture?
      • Create a Google form using Google Docs to produce a scavanger hunt. (in other words create an online quiz and asks members to research and fill in the answers.
    • Use QR codes - See the slide about QR Codes!
  • Want to know community issues?
    • Use Twitter to get opinions of community on issues:
    • Again you could use twtpoll.com/
    • You could create a hashtag (#) about a topic and ask people to respond to your twitter account
    • Use the community to find out current news locally (twt/FB/G+)
  • Want to share with the community?
    • Use twitvid.com to send out videos that can be viewed on mobile phones
    • Use Twitter/Facebook/Google+ to send out a daily hadith/ayah/historical event or short biography or information on a historical figure.
    • Link lectures, recitation, ebooks and other documents to online file sharing services such as dropbox or HiDrive .
  • QR Codes
    • You would have seen these around. Advertisers are using them to share information of products and services everywhere from bus stops to shops.
    • Use QR codes on posters around the masjid
    • Have a projector in your lectures? You could add a QR code on slides that listeners could follow up on by doing extra research.
    • QR codes can link to a website
    • Link QR Codes directly to online shared files on services like Dropbox or HiDrive .
  • QR Codes
    • QR codes can also be used to show text not linked to the web. You could ask a question in your slide/lecture and reveal the answer using QR code.
    • Add QR code to your monthy masjid newsletter to link to a website expanding on information and events.
    • Link to a sound clip or other type of file. ( see sound slide )
    • QR can be used for much more check out this link to create them
  • Using Audio
    • Upload ayah, lectures and audiobooks for others to listen to using podcasting websites such as Podbean , Dropbox , HiDrive etc .
    • These websites have brilliant ways to help share your uploaded files to social networks, email or to embed into web pages.
    • You could also create QR code linking directly to your files/sounds.
  • Online tools are free to use
    • Google Docs - Office applications with online collaboration
    • Working on creating something like a publication, a presentation or a book? Use good docs to create it online.
    • You can use the collaborative tools to work on the document with several people at the same time.
    • Create a Google Docs Form to get feedback from your online community on Twt/FB/G+
  • Thanks
    • I honestly hope that you have found this useful. If so please share it with members of your community, your imam or sheikh.
    • If you feel this needs improving or you have some ideas that you could add to it please email me or drop me a tweet @ either:
    • @abou_ilyas or @ali_mulla
    • A gain! Most of these ideas are not my own. But I know they are ideas that can be adapted and used to develop methods of dawah and teaching the deen.
    • Jazak Allah khair