“Educational Technologies Summit 2015” organised for the purpose of contributing to FATIH Project in Education and using the ecosystem around the project by The Department of Communication, The General Directorate of Innovation and Educational Technologies, MEB on 5th of December at Rixos Hotel.

Minister of Education, Nabi Avcı also participated in the Summit. During his speech he said “ Education has become a more complex and challenging task in every country in the world. Today’s educational model was shaped in 19th century with its components such as the structure of the schools, sitting arrangements in classrooms. It is very hard to continue education which was organized according to the needs related to work force after the Industrial Revolution.”

“We need to update and format education according to the needs of our time”
He pointed out that there is a bad wound in education which is based on the relationship between teacher and student. He said:

“It doesn’t seem possible to change this ontological relationship which is based on raising and directing students. Therefore we need to update and format –the latter you are all familiar with- education while preserving the traditional accumulation and methods. Also, it is not possible to update it for a very long period of time. It is necessary to automatise this update and renewal so that it could update educational processes and educational environments regularly while preserving the core”

“The rapid change in the information resources forces us to redesign our educational institutions.”

Minister Avcı also stated that the humanity transformed greatly at the end of the 20th century and the digital revolution changed and transformed the communication skills; socialising and the need to live in a society changed its shape and orientation. He noted that cities, neighbourhoods, schools and the relationships based on these has shifted towards virtual world based on the digital data.

“As a result of this change, data centers outside schools have increased in number and schools lost their feature of being information transformation centers” said Avcı. He also added:

“Our students has started to feed immensely from these resources which are organized outside the school and their expectations has changed accordingly. This rapid change in educational technologies and information resources has forced us to redesign our educational institutions. Therefore we unite our schools equipped with educational technologies with new resources. Unusual variation of educational materials, reality of the period and changes occurred has brought the necessity of redesigning education from tip to toe all together.”

“We are aware of the necessity of reviewing educational processes as the ministry”

“We are aware of the necessity of reviewing educational processes as the ministry and we are focused on this issue. FATIH which is organised for this purpose is the greatest educational movement. Saying that Turkey has improved itself with FATIH Project and Educational Informatics Network (EBA), Nabi Avcı said “We can clearly say that in terms of both qualitative and quantitative data. While carrying the innovation in educational technologies with FATIH Project, we offer our teachers and students the content responsive to today’s conditions in a well designed environment. I would like to point out to the fact that our Ministry don’t only supply devices or delvier tablets but also conduct very important studies for integrating hardware into curriculum and new educational architecture while reflecting technological innovations in education.”

He also stated that they want to benefit from the experiences of universities, non-govermental organizations and sector leaders while cooperating with teachers. He stated that Educational Technologies Summit is a result of these works.

He explained that a lot of parameters are in their agenda in terms of adapting educational technologies into education and standards and strategies are determined with detailed studies. He added “I hope that the messages given and discusses conducted here will lead us and contribute us greatly.”

Minister Avcı presented a plaquet and also a pen he can carry in his shirt’s pocket to the Google Education Director, Bram Bout.

“FATIH Project in Education provides important employment in informatics sector”

The Directorate General of Innovation and Education Technologies Dinçer Ateş expressed that FATIH Project is now an educational movement and an act of technological development rather than a plan.

He stated that classrooms are equipped with interactive boards belonging to the Ministry of National Education with the greatest educational act in the world FATIH, tablets designed in Turkey are delivered to 9th grade students and teachers, multi-functional network printers are installed in classrooms. He said “We now have these hardwares, softwares, infrastructure and systems that we dreamed about having 3 years ago.”

He noted that FATIH Project has enough volume to encourage domestic informatics in Turkey, enable a very important employment in the sector, draw the attention of global informatics into Turkey, help Turkey reach a status to export hardware, educational contents and educational softwares in both short and long term.

Texts typed by world “F” keyboard champions were projected simultaneously in the summit.

From A to Z new technologies in education

Teachers, academicians and sector representatives from Turkey and rest of the world exhibited their latest technological developments in the Educational Technology Summit organised for the first time by The Ministry of National Education. Minister of Education, Nabi Avcı particiapted to the session “Coding- Coding Training” as audience. The topics of the summit were: “Coding- Coding Trainings, Future’s Technological Classrooms, Mobile Learning in Education, Three Dimensional Technologies, Conscious and Secure ınternet Use in Education, Accessible Informatics in Education, Social Media and Blogs, Game Based Learning- Educational Games, E-Content Creation and Tools, Young Software Developers, Effective Use of Interactive Boards in Education, Technology Supported Succesful Appliactions in Student Centered Education. Participants were surveyed by the staff of The Department of Communications. Thoughts of participants and academicians were recorded for the development of the next summits. Short interviews were conducted. Participants showed their pleasure.