The SMILE-pi (SMILE Plug) is a low-cost hardware solution that allows instructors to create a private micro-cloud for up to 20 users. SMILE-pi creates a portable Wi-Fi access point, gateway, and content server with which users can access SMILE Global from any device.
The SMILE Pi can also serve static content from a plugged in USB Flash Drive. The SMILE Pi serves the Stanford Mobile Inquiry-Based Learning Environment (SMILE) software, in addition to other available open education resources.
The SMILE-pi package is configured by a team with members from both Edify and Seeds of Empowerment.
Edify is an international non-profit 501(c)(3) organization who’s mission is to improve and expand sustainable Christ-centered education, globally.
Edify seeks to achieve this mission by focusing on three areas:
- Edify places a strong focus on training school leaders and teachers to provide a biblically-based, high-quality education and develop Christ-like character in students.
- Edify offers school owners access to lending capital so they can improve and expand their facilities.
- Edify provides schools with access to education technology for the classroom, specifically focusing on tools for literacy and critical thinking skills.
Seeds of Empowerment
Seeds of Empowerment is a global non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to bring empowerment through education. Building upon both innovative mobile technology and educational research from Stanford University, SoE emerged in 2009 as a catalytic force to reach remote populations worldwide through mobile learning.
The SoE team partners with local underserved communities around the world to improve access and quality of education, to amplify and augment learning programs where they exist, and to create new opportunities for learning where traditional education systems are lacking or non-existent.
The software contained on the SMILE-pi is all freely available, permissively licensed Open Educational Resources (OER).