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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan has visited Apple, Google and Microsoft in the run-up to a tender for 10.6 million tablets for use in Turkish schools as part of a major modernization program in which textbooks will be replaced by tablets and chalkboards by electronic whiteboards …

The FATIH project (the Turkish acronym for Movement of Enhancing Opportunities and Improving Technology) will equip 42,000 schools with the equipment in a bid to put technology at the heart of education. The project is expected to take four years to complete, and to cost between $3b and $4b.

Apple believes the iPad has huge potential to reinvent textbooks, saying the iPad “may be our most exciting education product yet.” Turkish President Abdullah Gül met with Tim Cook during a visit to Apple in 2012, and Apple Vice President for Education John Couch and other company executives subsequently visited the President in Turkey earlier this year.

Google recently unveiled Google Play for Education, which is their attempt to make tablets in schools easier.

(Via the Hurriyet Daily News.)