Connectability vs the Fatih Project
Any technological system needs to be a solution for a given problem if it will be implemented. Think about your home, would you be willing to spend money on a technological device that would not function to the specific problem that you wanted to solve by purchasing the product? Would you for example pay 100 dollars for a machine that chops an apple but does not produce apple juice if you have 100 dollars to spend to get a product? The answer is obvious, isn’t it?
However, I don’t think that the authorities that are managing the FATİH project would give the same answer as you would. I think they would be willing to spend their budget on a product that will not deliver the desired outcome because that is exactly what is being done right now.
Our education system needs to be boosted. We need the FATİH project but not the way it is being handled.
There are three main technological components to make a classroom “digital.” You need a server, a smartboard and computers or tablets for students. And you need them to be connected and they should be able to talk to each other, meaning they need to be able to transfer data to each other. Everything that the teacher will write on the intelligent board should be stored in the server and simultaneously uploaded to the pupils tablets. When the pupils would write down an answer it should be stored in the server and uploaded for teachers use.
If there is a newer version of the class book that students use, it should be automatically uploaded from the server to the tablets, et cetera. Everything should be seamless, everything should be easy to use.
In order to have such a system you need a system integrator or you need to buy a “solution,” not three different products and hope that you can sort something out.
Right now, we are paying billions for totally different approaches and technologies. We are going to have so-called digital classes where children will have to rewrite everything that is written on the intelligent board onto their tablets.
I believe that these things happen because we are not producers of technology but purchasers. Somehow, we don’t have the notion that technology is not a product but a system or a solution.
I hope that in subsequent phases that the authorities will focus on the solution rather than the products.