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Google’s Eric Schmidt Meets With Turkish Prime Minister To Discuss Tablets In The Classroom

Google's Eric Schmidt and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (photo: Today's Zaman/AA)

Turkey is set to undergo a huge transformation in their education system.  The Turkish Ministry of Education, with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Transport and Communications are set hoping to switch over every student in Turkey’s public schools to e-textbooks and e-learning by way of tablet PCs.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erodgan met with Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, on Sunday to discuss the countries plan. Turkey hopes to utilize tablets in 570,000 classrooms across 42,000 public schools in the country.

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Meeting with Prime Minister Erodgan, in Istanbul, Schmidt told him that Turkey is an important market for Google. Schmidt said the country could unveil it’s real economic growth by investing in information technology. This project, dubbed FAITH, by the Turkish government, seems to be a great inroads into that investment.

It was unclear whether Google is going to participate in the project by providing tablets either free or at a discounted rate. It’s also unclear as to whether they were talking Android, or a possible Google Tablet that would be released later.

According to this report, many major manufacturers are looking for a piece of the FAITH project in Turkey, however Erodgan’s government is hoping to boost domestic technology growth by requiring 40% of the technology be procured within the country during the first year.

source: Sundayszaman

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