Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Bing.
Things have changed a lot since I was a kid. I remember being in fourth grade and only getting to use the computers when it was our day to have them. There were two rollig carts, with two computers each, that would be rolled from classroom to classroom. Of course there wasn’t a whole lot we could do on the computers, so we usually played Oregon Trail. My graduating class was the last one in our school district that actually learned to type on a typewriter in typing class. Technology changes fast through, and that goes for how computers are now used in classrooms. Bing understands that and that is why they now offer schools the use of Bing in the Classroom as a safer internet search option.
All About Bing in the Classroom
Bing in the Classroom blocks all ads and has a high filter level to block adult content. It also offers advanced privacy protection. Bing is the only search engine that offers a search offering that is geared specifically for classroom use. Now it is important to realize that ads are still likely to be shown on the websites that the students find during their search, but Bing can’t control the content on other sites.
It is so great that Bing is now offering #adfreesearch for classrooms. I imagine many of us have been distracted by ads even when we don’t want to be, and kids can easily be distracted from their work by such things. Personally I’ve even been shocked by some of the ads that are out there now days. Some of those game ads are really bad. I had one showing up on Rock-A-Bye Parents a few months back and I blocked it. I did not feel that it was family friendly at all and I didn’t even want Nick to catch site of it. As a parent it’s nice not having to worry about my son finding and seeing things he shouldn’t on the internet. It’s especially nice to know that he can have it at school where I’m won’t be there to monitor him.
Help Support Your School with Bing Rewards
Besides Bing in the Classroom Bing is helping schools in other ways as well. Are you a member of Bing Rewards? If you are than you can help your school by earning credits for Microsoft Surface tablets for your school. If you’re not a member than you should become one. All it requires is signing up and doing searches with Bing.
Plus now it’s even easier to see how many Rewards credits your particular school has earned. You can search for any school by ZIP code and see how many other people are contributing, how many Surface tablets the school has earned so far, and how many credits are needed to earn the next Surface. You can also tell you if your school has registered for the search enhancements, so you can know if your kids are receiving ad-free, safer, more private search in the classroom when they choose Bing.
To begin supporting schools with Bing rewards, simply visit the campaign landing page and select “Find your school” map in the lower right corner of the page.
Next, enter your school’s zip code and select the name of your school via the dropdown menu and select “Find”.
From here, select the “Support Your School” section and click on the “Try it now, FREE!” section. You’ll be prompted to create a Microsoft account, or sign in with your Facebook account. All you have to do is stay signed in as you search with Bing to earn credits.
Does Bing in the Classroom make you feel better about your kids using the internet at school?