Gigabit Community Fund
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What is Mozilla Gigabit?
The Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund provides grant funding in select U.S. communities to support pilot tests of gigabit technologies such as virtual reality, 4K video, artificial intelligence, and their related curricula. In so doing, our goal is to increase participation in technology innovation in support of a healthy Internet where all people are empowered, safe, and independent online.
The Gigabit Approach
Our approach to taking gigabit discoveries out of the lab and into the field is threefold:
Fund and Support
We support the development of gigabit applications and associated curricula through the Gigabit Community Fund. Grants support pilots that take gigabit technologies out of the lab and into learning spaces in select cities across the United States.
Innovate and Spread
We catalyze the creation, adoption, and spread of these innovations through Hive Learning Networks. Hives are a local network of teachers, informal educators, technologists, and community members working together to advance the promise of the web for learning.
Scale and Grow
We leverage Mozilla’s national networks to share these successes across Hive cities, other gigabit cities, and beyond. Our open innovation practices facilitate the adoption of gigabit technologies by diverse new communities of users.
Where are Mozilla Gigabit Cities
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Giving Garden Technology Lab Project
The Giving Garden project seeks to further enhance the fundamental teaching of life science and the Growing Garden through the addition of cutting-edge 4K and VR technology in classrooms at two different middle schools. With a 4K TV, students will be able to view the highest quality of video, enjoying documentaries about the items they are growing, watching instructional videos about techniques for poultry husbandry or learning more about the human body. With a 4K 360 degree camera, students will be able to document their Growing Garden experiences. This project will allow students to interact in a more innovative way with the garden by using this technology.
The Gigabit Advantage
In early 2015, Ringgold Telephone Company (RTC) launched the Gig network in Ringgold, Georgia. The new technology that the Giving Garden is proposing would utilize this gigabit connection that is currently serving the Catoosa County Public School System. Without the gig connection, bandwidth would be insufficient for the VR and 4k classroom. This project will allow for new relationships to be established with other schools and organizations (across the U.S. and the world) that also have similar devices. Giving Garden organizers would work to build relationships with professors and classrooms that may have expertise in needed areas.
The Giving Garden project allowed for live streaming of the classroom’s incubators to YouTube, allowing students and parents to tune in and watch ducks and chickens hatch. The Giving Garden in the classroom also allowed the community to take part in a school project that also give back. All of the food produced in LMS’ Giving Garden was donated directly back to our community to families in need. LMS is a Title One school where the majority of the students are socio-economically disadvantaged. As a result, it is very important for us to be able to provide enriching opportunities to our students. The Google virtual reality goggles helped teachers by providing students with unique 3-D field trips to places they might not be able to go physically, for free.
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