About Direct to Discovery
"Through technology, Direct to Discovery is bringing researchers and
scientists into the classroom, opening the door to innovation and
achievement in a new way." -- Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
What is Direct to Discovery?
Direct to Discovery is a technology based teaching and learning model. It springs from a research partnership between the Barrow County School System and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The project is essentially a long term investigation into the potential of evolving collaborative communications technologies to affect workgroups, research and education. D2D is designed specifically to address the educational component of this investigation.
The Direct to Discovery Program (D2D) was founded on the hypothesis that a substantial increase in student engagement brings an increase in student interest and performance. Toward that end, D2D connects teachers and students in their classrooms with scientists in Georgia’s front line research labs in disciplines as diverse as aerospace, nanotechnology and biochemistry.
D2D leverages Peachnet, Georgia’s dedicated research and education network, and Internet2 to create a state-of-the-art teaching and learning community for students, teachers, and scientists. The goal is to increase engagement by connecting students in Barrow’s classrooms directly to scientists in Georgia Tech labs using HD video conferencing on 55” LCD monitors and computer software.
How does our network fit into this?
Six years ago our district switched our Internet service from commercial providers to Peachnet. Peachnet is Georgia’s dedicated, state run, research and education network that connects the bulk of the state’s colleges and universities together and also provides free high-speed access to Internet2.
The capacity of this network allows research universities to move terabytes of data between labs with as much ease as moving files to a flash drive or to a server. By stepping up our connectivity to university standards, we are able to peer with these universities without them having to simplify their content or down convert high definition media into low resolution files just to communicate with us.