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SMILE (Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment) is a technical possibility aimed at integrating all learners simultaneously into school life and bringing them into contact with one another. SMILE is an application that runs on mobile phones, which in turn are connected to a teacher’s computer. Essentially, SMILE combines the ability to create multiple choice tests with the opportunity to evaluate them and provide a response. It involves small groups of learners focusing on a particular issue and searching for good questions to ask each other. At the same time, other groups’ questions appear on the pupils’ screens and they can then answer and rate the questions they have been posed. The students rate the questions according to whether they promoted their learning. This creates a competition between learning groups, as it is possible to see which group has the most correct answers.
At the same time, the teachers can see what is happening on their screens – this includes questions that have received very few correct answers – and can use this information to decide whether they should provide the class with more information about a specific topic. SMILE was developed in Stanford, but it works in primary schools just as well as in universities and is currently being adapted to even larger settings.