One thing I've learned working in public schools is that the majority of parents are totally unaware of what their children are doing online. I am convinced that every parent needs to buckle up and take themselves a hard core online safety course.
Well, Bing has come out with a new, safe way to search in the classroom. Bing in the Classroom removes annoying ads and blocks any searches being used for personal advertising through the school's network. That means that my students can have an ad free, distracted free search and can focus more fully on the work ahead of them. Bing offers this ad free search for all schools which also includes "strict filters for adult content and enhanced privacy protection." (Trust me, any distractions I can take away from seventeen year olds on a computer, the better.)
It is amazing to see how much more students can do today than even I could when I was in high school ten years ago. So much of this is due to the internet- teenagers are exposed to a constant wealth of information and knowledge. Unfortunately, they don't always know how to wade through this info and this is why I love Bing in the Classroom for taking away the ads and the distractions to make it that much easier for students. (This ad free searching is only available through a school network.)
You can support Bing in the Classroom by visiting the Bing For Classrooms Show Support Page. You can also sign up for Bing rewards to start supporting schools right away. Instructions to sign up for Bing rewards are pasted below:
"To begin supporting schools with Bing rewards, simply visit this 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."
Today's post is sponsored by Bing and #adfreesearch. Please and thank you.