Gigabit Community Fund
Next-generation networks with the power to transform learning.
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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Global Kids Chattanooga Haunts
Global Kids provided a professional development curriculum and training to educators from the partner organization- the Glasshouse Collective, as well as the Chattanooga Public Library and a couple of local schools to implement the Global Haunts program in Chattanooga, TN. Haunts, which was originally launched in New York City through funding from Hive NYC and is now also being offered in Washington, DC, is a STEM-based after school program in which youth create a mobile, geo-locative alternate reality game that explores local history and contemporary issues facing their communities. The games produced by youth typically follow the footsteps of a “ghost” -- a historical figure or composite modern-day character -- who guides players to discover social, environmental, or economic conditions in the city. Throughout the design process, program participants developed their computational thinking, design thinking, collaboration, storytelling, and communication skills. They play-tested their games, gave and received feedback, and refined the narrative arc and back-end coding of the games with peer and adult facilitator support.
The Gigabit Advantage
Tablets, mobile phones and Taleblazer, an augmented reality software platform developed by the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program (STEP) lab, which allows youth to play and make their own location-based mobile games will be used for this project. Gigabit networks support the accessibility and openness of content created in location-based applications like Taleblazer to the public in interactive and fun ways. Employing applications like Taleblazer in Gigabit cities can create valuable shared experiences for millions of people in not only digital spaces, but physical environments. Through gigabit internet, program participants will also have the opportunity and bandwidth to conduct real-time research, game-design development and testing at historical sites of their choice, which will provide them with a more immersive learning experience.
During the professional development training, educators explored ways to leverage geo-locative game design to create positive impact in the program implementation sites and in the Chattanooga community broadly. One of the project partners, the Glasshouse Collective, is currently implementing the Haunts program through a summer digital learning program that will operate through mid-summer. They are working closely with the Chattanooga Public Library to support and provide content development. As part of this professional development offering, Global Kids built a toolkit that documents the program’s curriculum and activities. The toolkit includes includes: a Training of Trainers manual, activities for youth, tutorials, and curriculum. The toolkit has been shared with all the participants and open to the public.
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