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
Get in touch with your local Gigabit Hive community
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Next Generation Professional Learning
Teachers often work in isolation, and though surrounded by students, they rarely have the opportunity to collaborate, work with or learn from colleagues. Professional learning for teachers is usually conducted on student holidays, so classroom observations are not possible- which is what teachers say supports their work the most. The Next Generation Professional Learning project will connect teachers and schools via remote-controlled robotic telepresence. Imagine what opportunities are out there if a teacher- or student- could join a classroom to collaborate and then learn via a telepresence robot?
The Gigabit Advantage
The NSF-funded 4K video microscope collaboration with the University of Southern California and the Gigabit Community Fund supported a 4K video streaming project that leveraged gigabit connectivity to create unique, K-12 learning opportunities never before possible and unique to our community. This project proposes expanding the current Gigabit applications to more schools and can be seen as supplemental funding to the 4K video streaming grant awarded to the Enterprise Center through the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund this spring. Adding remote-controlled, robotic telepresence expands these learning opportunities to more students and teachers utilizing the same network powering those applications, and, while a single robot would not require Gigabit connectivity, expanding to multiple telepresence robots to allow collaboration among students an educators connecting to a single site will require gigabit infrastructure.
The project met and exceeded intended goals in its initial pilot. The original intent of the project focused on teacher learning and collaboration, but as teachers used the telepresence robots, they brainstormed new uses to serve students and schools. During the pilot period, the robots were used for teacher collaboration, presentations, meetings, and classroom visits. In general, we saw high interest and engagement in the robots among students and teachers with lots of opportunities to expand their use to support learning and collaboration.
Learn more about Next Generation Professional Learning
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As part of its work to champion Internet health and related issues like online privacy and security on connected devices, the Mozilla Foundation is hosting an Internet of Things (IoT) Escape Room workshop at in Chattanooga, Tennessee, from Thursday, March 8, to Friday, March, 9th, 2018.
Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo convenes leading technology and solution providers with city leaders
The Gigabit City Summit offers a unique, multidisciplinary program for cities in the midst of digital transformation. Bridging the gap between broadband and smart cities, the Gigabit City Summit brings together a community focused on how infrastructure investment translates into real civic impact.