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Tender for tablets at Turkish schools
1.       si++
3785 posts
 04 Apr 2013 Thu 04:32 pm

 

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The Turkish Education Ministry has begun a tender process to purchase at least 10.6 million tablet PCs as part of its Fatih project to distribute the devices in schools.

The government plans to replace traditional blackboards and textbooks in schools with electronic boards and tablet PCs as a part of the Fatih project in order to merge education with innovative information technologies and radically transform the perception of education.

The ministry announced yesterday the conditions required for participation in the tender, which will be conducted on April 29.

As part of the project, the government will purchase approximately 10.6 million tablets for students, administrative employees and teachers.

The bidders have to guarantee that they will have service stations in all seven regions of Turkey.

The production of tablets should be in Turkey and the producing company should establish a research and development center in Turkey,” Industry and Technology Minister Nihat Ergün said in February, adding that the government also deemed it important for applications to be developed with open source software so that the codes could be made available to the public.

Microsoft and Apple are reportedly the frontrunners in the tender. “As part of Fatih, we’re working on establishing the first research and development laboratory in Turkey,” Microsoft Turkey General Manager Tamer Özmen said March 31.

 

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Microsoft/Apple and open source software? How´s it gonna be?

2.       ikicihan
1127 posts
 04 Apr 2013 Thu 09:48 pm

Why don we build our own tablet instead of inviting big companies. they never come unless they make huge profit. You can build your own stuff with that profit part. The project expected to based on open source software, so you can make any chinese technology company produce your tablets as you wish if you dont want to produce yourself. 

BTW, tablets and other technological stuffs are not something magical to solve educational problems, they are just dumb tools. If your education system sucks, even the best technology in the world become useless...

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3.       Henry
2604 posts
 05 Apr 2013 Fri 06:19 am

 

Quoting ikicihan

BTW, tablets and other technological stuffs are not something magical to solve educational problems, they are just dumb tools. If your education system sucks, even the best technology in the world become useless...

Teachers are still the most important part of any education system. Attracting and keeping the best teachers should be a priority for any government. I agree that access to the best technology doesn´t always equate with better learning. Years ago the Australian government was keen on installing computers and network access in every classroom for primary school students. It slowly achieved this but at a huge cost. Specialist computer rooms, and basic computer skills were taught to all students.  Unfortunately technology keeps evolving, and the educators need good training on the changing technology as well. Eventually schools had to raise their own funds to keep up with the changes and demands of the technology. Schools in poorer regions struggled to fund the constant replacement of outdated technology. I noticed with my children that hand-writing and basic mathematical skills often suffered with too much reliance on ´computers´.

I will watch with interest for the result of the Turkish Government´s educational technology initiative.



Edited (4/5/2013) by Henry

4.       Tiara
20 posts
 08 Apr 2013 Mon 12:21 pm

BTW, tablets and other technological stuffs are not something magical to solve educational problems, they are just dumb tools. If your education system sucks, even the best technology in the world become useless...Quote:

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absolutely right !! its just a prestige for some school to raise their name as modern school / international school standart label at least what I can see in my country.... so sad.

 

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