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  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Bing in the Classroom available for homeschools?
    As noted in our Terms of Service, in order to participate in the program, the Bing user must be a Bing in the Classroom Qualified User with a static IP address. See http://binged.it/BiCToS for complete requirement details.
     
    To enable us to operationalize this program at a national level we have to ensure that schools can meet these requirements. We understand that many homeschools may have a hard time doing so, particularly meeting the requirement of a static IP. The reason why we have this requirement is so that we can identify your school connection and offer this service consistently to your school, and only your school. This can’t be done with most IP addresses, as they literally change from session to session. We are always considering new implementations and expansions to the program, but please note we are restricted by these requirements at this time. In the meantime, you do still have full access to the daily lesson plans that you can use to help teach digital literacy skills at home at http://www.pil-network.com/search/bing.
  • What are Bing Apps and does ad-free, safer, more private search work on Bing Apps?
    Bing Apps are a fun and easy way for you to dive into a particular topic without having to put any energy in – we do it for you. For example, with our Bing Travel app you can explore over 2000 destinations through beautiful photos and panoramas. Please note, our Bing Apps are not currently covered by the Bing in the Classroom program. Bing Apps may come pre-installed on Windows 8.1 devices, including Surface tablets, but can readily be uninstalled if you wish. As with any apps that may come pre-installed on your computer or device, please feel free to customize to your liking, so you have the apps you want at your fingertips. Check out a list of all our apps here.
     
  • FAQs: Bing Rewards and Bing in the Classroom

  • Once my school is enrolled in safer search, will we automatically earn Bing Rewards credits just by searching on Bing in our school?

    No, schools will not automatically accumulate Bing Rewards credits by searching on Bing in the Classroom. The Bing Rewards program is totally separate from our ad-free search. Individuals can earn credits through Bing Rewards by joining the program and searching on Bing while logged into their Rewards accounts.

  • Does my school need to be enrolled in Bing in the Classroom to participate in the Rewards program?

    No, you do not have to be enrolled in ad-free, safer, more private search to participate in Bing Rewards and donate credits to your school. That part of the program is open to everyone!

  • Once I join Bing Rewards, how do I support schools?
    To learn how to earn & donate credits for your schools, check out our support website here.
  • Why don't I see my school when I go to donate credits to Bing in the Classroom?
    You won’t be able to select a school until you have enough credits to redeem. Bing Rewards allows you to redeem credits to schools in bundles of 50 or 500 credits. When you have accumulated enough credits, a box will appear where you can select a school by ZIP Code and name. If you can’t find your school, contact Bing Rewards customer service here.
  • What is a Microsoft Surface tablet?

    Because we include a Type Cover which adds keyboard functionality, it is tempting to think of a Microsoft Surface tablet just like a laptop. After all, Microsoft Office Student 2013 is already loaded, so Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote are ready to help your students be productive.

  • How many credits does it take to get a Surface for a school?

    Once 30,000 credits have been donated, we’ll send a Surface with a Type Cover directly to the school. About sixty parents participating in the Bing Rewards program can earn 30,000 credits a month for a school.

  • Why is it important to have Surfaces in schools?
    To truly teach digital literacy, students need access to computers in the classroom. With Surfaces, students can benefit from daily Bing in the Classroom lesson plans designed to teach critical thinking and search skills. They can use Skype in the Classroom to talk with experts and other classrooms around the world, and productivity tools like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote all come pre-loaded. Check out a teacher using Bing in the Classroom here and talking about Surfaces in the classroom here.
  • Is there a limit to the number of Surfaces a school can earn?
    There is no limit to the number of Surfaces a school can earn. We'd love to see as many as possible in classrooms! So find creative ways to encourage parents, teachers, and community members to sign up for the Bing Rewards program and redeem their credits towards your school.
     
    More Questions? Contact us.