Established Year: 1988
Business Segment: E-Education Content
Türk Telekom Share: 100%
Web Site: http://www.sebit.com.tr
Turkey’s leading education technology company, SEBİT, contributes to the transformation of education with the power it derives from synergies with Türk Telekom, and through the innovative use of technology.
A subsidiary of Türk Telekom, SEBİT not only operates in Turkey but also actively serves in other countries with the education solutions which it has developed since its establishment in 1988. In this context, the Company offers national and international solutions tailored to support societal benefit and the learning needs of individuals.
Having undertaken so many firsts in Turkey, SEBİT’s product and service portfolio continuously expands and thereby continues to lead the transformation in education.
SEBİT’s educational products, which is being developed by a strong workforce of 240 professionals at the METU Technopark in Ankara and the Skysong Innovation Center at Arizona State University in the USA, are used by students and teachers all over the world.
Continuing its work with competent and creative human resources and having proved itself as a pioneer with numerous awards, SEBİT is considered to be one of the world’s best educational technology companies by many international education authorities.
Solutions that add value to the lives of millions of students and thousands of teachers
SEBİT, which joined the Türk Telekom Group in 2007, aims to offer equal opportunities and product variety at every educational stage with new services and products, designed by using mobile Information and Internet technologies. At the same time, SEBİT aims to remove obstacles to participatory education.
The products and services developed by SEBİT have been offered to millions of students and hundreds of thousands of teachers since 2015 within the scope of the FATİH Project. In 2018, the following activities took place;
Content Activities: Content at every grade level and assessment material updates were made on the Educational Information Network-EBA (www.eba.gov.tr, which is the official portal of the FATİH Project, within the scope of new curriculum announced by the Ministry of Education. In addition, English content for 3rd grade students is being added. These updates are expected to continue in the upcoming activity period, with the addition of new content.
VClass: The Interactive Classroom Management “software” VClass, which was developed by SEBİT in order to support effective lesson instruction in the classroom, was updated in 2018 reflecting the feedback received from schools. Meanwhile, SEBİT’s Content Development Ecosystem Platform, which was opened on EBA in order to make teachers involved in the digital content development process, is now also actively used by teachers.
Professional Development: The formation of professional development groups in the EBA Professional Development, improvement and update activities related to the content continued during the activity period. In addition to the e-course structure that enables teachers to receive distance education, studies and system designs that are necessary for live training were completed. Work on the EBA Professional Development will also continue in the next activity period.
VCollab: Work continues on performance improvements and feature development of VCollab, which is a social learning platform designed and developed by SEBİT with an innovative approach. The VCollab wall structure was also adapted to the EBA Professional Development study space.
Raunt - Turkey’s first and only personalized university preparation solution
Turkey’s first and only personalized university preparation product, Raunt, was developed by SEBİT for both the retail market and for the use of university candidates in private and public high schools. After years of development and improvement, the product, which was offered for use in 2015, is now being used in all grades from the 9th to the 12th grade in private high schools.
The “Smart Recommendation System”, which is a personalized study plan offered by Raunt through the www.raunt.com website and the Raunt Mobile Application completely prepares candidates for the university entrance exam with its rich digital and printed content.
In the 2018-2019 education year, books released by Turkey’s most established and experienced publishers in university preparation were selected by SEBİT and included in Raunt. With this partnership structure, Raunt offers its users a privileged university preparation environment, where Turkey’s most powerful publishers in university preparation are gathered together, and where the performance evaluations of students from digital and printed publications can be seen instantly through an integrated structure.
A brand new era in educational technologies with the SEBİT VCloud
Turkey’s first Next-Generation Educational Sharing and Cooperation Platform, the SEBİT VCloud, offered to private schools in the 2017-2018 academic year, was designed by SEBİT in order to rapidly transform the educational environment of private schools. The product, which ushered a new era in educational technologies, is used by a total of around 100,000 students, teachers, and administrators in around 300 private schools.
With the SEBİT VCloud, students participate in the process through a personalized approach to education. With e-Portfolio, that was included in the product in 2018 after exhaustive R&D work, participants can pass to the future, the social and academic knowledge they had accumulated in the collaborative learning environment.
VFabrika, an interactive content creation system for teachers and students
Additional features were included to the system to allow programming of embedded electronic boards (Arduino) with VFabrika, which was developed to produce e-content with the help of a visual programming paradigm without requiring software coding. These new features enabled the development of applications in which the data coming from live sensors can be processed. In addition, it also became possible to remotely control embedded systems with an application developed on the Android operating system.
VStore, the Educational application market
Within the scope of SEBİT VCloud, dedicated educational applications market was created for the institutional schools that receive services from SEBİT. Through VStore, the products and services of SEBİT’s business partners can be delivered to students, teachers in schools and parents, and as such, a new retail sales channel was created.
DinamikMAT – a smart question generating system for unlimited number of mathematics questions
DinamikMAT is Turkey’s first and only “smart question generating system”. In maths lessons for students in their 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, DinamikMAT has the feature to generate an unlimited number of questions in short answer and multiple-choice forms. Thousands of question types can be derived by the DinamikMAT algorithm which is prepared in accordance with the curriculum of the Ministry of Education. This allows an unlimited number of questions from the preferred question type. In the workouts sent by the teachers, students receive the questions as differentiated exercises with changing difficulty levels, and their progress can be measured.
Hızlıgo – increasing reading speed with scientific methods
The online speed reading system, Hızlıgo, which helps increase reading speed using scientific methods, was updated and released in September 2018 with its new interface, enhanced personalization features and intelligent tutoring system that adapts to the level of each user. Hızlıgo that helps to increase the speed of reading without loss of the meaning, includes texts that are prepared for the 5-12th grade students and adults at appropriate length and at difficulty levels. The system allows students to save time in solving long paragraph questions at the critical exams. Moreover, it helps students to review curricular topics, thanks to the sample texts for performing eye exercises that are selected from different courses of different grades.
SEBİT’s international activities and partnerships
With innovative and effective use of technology, SEBİT is progressing towards becoming one of the world’s leading companies in educational technologies. To date, the company has been present in many countries with the products it has developed.
Working together with Microsoft, within the framework of global scale sales partnership program, the VCloud product has been rendered “Co-Sell Ready” and work is being carried out to sell the product in cooperation.
Together with Safaricom, the largest mobile operator in Kenya, business model development continues for the use of SEBİT VCloud and Adaptive Curriculum products in schools across Kenya.
In January, upon the agreement signed with the Education Foundation (Maarif Vakfı), pilot programs of the Adaptive Curriculum were implemented in the Foundation schools abroad, whose language of instruction is English.
BEACONING - The EU funded project for game-based learning platforms
Within the scope of the BEACONING Project, which began in 2016, SEBİT has been particularly involved in the design of learning analytics function and interfaces. In 2018, a pilot implementation related to the project was conducted at the METU Development Foundation Schools.
At the International BEACONING Day, children from the ages of 12 to 16 in Coventry, Barcelona, Madrid, Porto, Milan, Nantes, Paris, Bucharest, Bremen, Edinburgh, Warsaw, Ankara, Haywards Heath and Singapore cities, could simultaneously experience urban gaming fun, with discovery and learning at the core of the game. The event with the aim to develop environmental awareness was completed successfully.
Socio-technical design in higher education for the 1-1 education model
SEBİT carried out a socio-technical university design in order to adapt the 1-1 education model to higher education, which was developed for the Ministry of Education’s FATİH Project.
The university design project, which started in 2016 with the support of the Ministry of Development, covers the design of a higher education system with a focus on serving society, which is a new approach in the world, as integrated with digital technologies, and creation of the roadmaps for implementation.
The closing meeting of the project was held with a wide participation in Kayseri in September. SEBİT also contributed to the development of a booklet of the Socio-Technical University Design and delivered the booklet to Abdullah Gül University.