“FATIH Project in Education Educational Technologies Summit” organized by the Ministry of National Education General Directorate of Innovation and Educational Technologies was held on 4th and 5th of November 2016 in Ankara. There was great participation in the summit organized for the second time.

 

Hosting two thousand participants and 154 speakers Summit had 26 sessions, 28 workshops and 3 panels. Sessions were chaired by heads of YEĞİTEK departments and experts in the field. 11 foreign speakers presented their proceedings. Presentations of the foreign academicians were translated into Turkish by the conference interpreters. Also, all speeches are reflected on LED screen by being typed simultaneously by F keyboard world champions. Summit was opened by the speeches of Doç. Dr. Yusuf Tekin, MEB Undersecretary and Bilal Tırnakçı, General Director of YEĞİTEK.

Yusuf Tekin stated that they want to traditionalise the Educational Technologies Summit and they revised their own policy according to the demands of sector and academicians

Tekin said, “Unfortunately, we couldn’t change the public’s perception of FATIH Project. They try to evaluate success of the project by the number of the tablets delivered. This is a project which enabled the general use of technology, has pedagogical aspects and is one of the most intense projects of the Ministry. I believe that the summit will help changing this wrong perception. We have to teach ethics to children while using technology in educational sector Because we are talking about building a generation. I believe that it is needed to discuss technology ethics sufficiently while handling technological developments in education

Bilal Tırnakçı, General Director of YEĞİTEK stated that the information age we are in is based on production. Production is only possible by activating scientific developments and realising them in personal and social life. He said that FATIH Project in Education become a digital educational movement which work with the most improved algorithm in the world. He also added that the purpose of this movement is to create an information society and benefiting from technology in education. Stating that they keep the contribution of the purpose of broadening horizons in Turkey alive, which will be presented with FATIH Technologies in Education, Tırnakçı said that FATİH Project isn’t a tablet delivering project but an educational technologies movement. Tırnakçı said “Our motto “Education always” reflects the belief that education can’t be stuck in classrooms”. Therefore, Educational Informatics Network (EBA)

is an honour for us.” Later, a video was shown on the memory of democracy martyr of July 15th 2016, İlhan VARANK who was a head of a department on YEĞİTEK previously.

Program continued with the speeches of Paul DOANY, CEO of Türk Telekom, Eve PSALTI, Director of Microsoft Educational Strategies and Maarit ROSSI, Finalist of Global Teacher Prize.

The opening of the Summit continued with a panel named “Compulsory Transformation in Education with Informatics: Why and How?”

In panel organized with the chairmanship of Dr. Yakup Yüksel, Head of Educational Informatics System in YEĞİTEK, Prof. Dr. Yasemin GÜLBAHAR from Ankara University, Doç. Dr. Selçuk Özdemir from Gazi University and Doç. Dr. Şirin Karadeniz from Bahçeşehir University presented their proceedings.

 

 

10 sessions and 7 workshops were held on Nov 4th Friday afternoon Santeri KOIVISTO, CEO of TeacherGaming, Aape POHJAVIRTA, founder of Funzi Program and Sanna Lukander, CEO of Fun Academy participated into first session from Finland to share their acknowledge and experience. Also, Henrike LODE, CEO of Lohika from Germany participated in the same session.  “Perspective of Media” panel was watched very attentively.  In this panel, Ümit SANLAV, PR Specialist from İBB Medya A.Ş, Cem Öğretir, Newcaster from ATV, Buse Biçer from HABERTÜRK, Prof. Dr. A. Teyfur ERDĞDU from Yıldız Technical University Department of Philosophy and Kemal Öztürk, writer in Yenişafak and previous general manager of AA.

Titles of the last sessions of the day were: Distant Education, Coding, Coding Training, e-Content Creation/Creation Tools, Three Dimensional Technologies, Mobile Learning in Education, Use o Interactive Board, Technology Supported Successful Applications in Student Centred Education, Educational Informatics Network.

 

Speakers of the session at 9.30, November 5th Saturday, Prof. Dr. Ali JAFARI from University of Indiana, Pasi MATTILA from Finpeda Ltd, Dr. John COLLICK from Promethean Educational Consulting and Vishal PANDEY from Glasgow Consulting Group spoke about the role of educational technologies in the worlds of the new generation and education with the help of their studies and experiences. There were simultaneous 4 panels and 15 sessions on 11.15-16.30 One of the most like sessions was on STEM. It was said that STEM is a new educational method based on the interdisciplinary interaction between Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and which aims to generalise the idea of production, invention and gaining skills. Good practices were explained. Related developments to be added on STEM were told. Also the evaluation and assessment dimension of STEM was discussed.

Another session which drew attention was on “Robotics”. Contribution of robotics studies on education was presented with several applications. It was highlighted that the coding of a robot or an electronic card by a compiler could be very important.

Workshops drew as much attention. Participants of the workshop who registered on the website of the summit demanded the more and longer workshops for the following year.

Many company and institution especially Türk Telekom and shareholders of FATIH Project and EBA on STEM, coding and robotics. They shared their knowledge and experiences.

It was a broader organizations compared to the one in 2015 in terms of the number and content of panels, sessions and workshops. At the end od the summit, participants stated their pleasure to be there and also explained how beneficial and useful these summits and works for the integration of technology into education.