The SMILE-pi gets its name from the featured software.
SMILE (an acronym for Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment) turns a traditional classroom into a highly interactive learning environment by engaging students in critical reasoning and problem solving while enabling them to generate, share, and evaluate multimedia-rich inquiries.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Question generation, a leading indicator of critical thinking, involves making judgments, creatively synthesizing essential concepts, and clearly formulating a text that triggers critical thinking. Through regular SMILE sessions, students learn to generate high-quality questions that provide evidence of improvements in their critical thinking skills.
HOW THIS TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS LEARNING: The SMILE server software is designed to create a highly interactive learning environment that promotes higher order learning opportunities (e.g., creation of inquiries, presentation of questions, analysis of peer-generated questions, evaluation of individual students and overall class performance, etc.); engage students in inquiry-based learning sessions at a global scale; generates transparent real-time learning analytics.
In addition to SMILE, the SMILE-pi also includes software such as Wikipedia for Schools, Khan Academy videos and exercises, software for teaching coding skills and much more!Get Started!
SMILE-pi is a Edify Project with contributors from the Stanford Graduate School of Education department and others.
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