As part of Microsoft’s continued focus on promoting digital literacy in education, the Bing for Schools program offers daily lesson plans designed to teach search skills, Bing Rewards enhancements to help earn Microsoft Surface RT tablets for schools, and, for schools admitted to the pilot program, a tailored Bing search experience for K-12 students when on the school network. Schools participating in the search pilot will receive ad-free Bing search, strict filtering to help block adult content, and augmented privacy protections. School districts can register for these search enhancements now; a limited number will be accepted into the initial pilot, with other schools being notified about future eligibility. But many of the educational features of Bing for Schools are available to non-pilot schools as well, so be sure to explore all the ways you can support digital literacy in your school.
Bing for Schools is free and easy to implement in your district. Once you register, and if your school is included in the search pilot, any time a student or teacher uses Bing from within your school network, they’ll get no ads in Bing search results, strict SafeSearch filtering to help block adult content, and enhanced privacy protections. Plus, in addition to the search pilot, you can encourage teachers to use Common Core-aligned lesson plans to teach digital literacy and tell parents about the opportunity to use Bing Rewards enhancements to earn Surface RTs for your school.
Bing for Schools offers several ways for you to get involved in teaching your child how to more safely and effectively search the web. Whether it is taking a few minutes each day together to do a fun digital literacy activity using our homepage images from around the world or encouraging your school to sign up for the search pilot to receive ad-free, privacy-enhanced Bing search to help protect your child in the classroom, you have a role to play. And with the enhanced Bing Rewards program, you can sign up to earn credits just by searching that can be used toward bringing Surface RTs to your school.
We know you want to help your students learn better digital literacy and critical thinking skills and our daily lesson plans make that easier. Using Bing’s big, beautiful homepage images that change daily and inspire visitors to explore their world, our lesson plans are geared to multiple ages and subjects. These lesson plans, along with the enhanced Bing Rewards program that helps schools earn Surface RT tablets and our search pilot offering ad-free Bing search results with strict filters to help block adult content and enhanced privacy protections, are a key part of how Bing for Schools helps promote digital skills.
Knowing how to use search to find what you want is an important skill that will help you in school, at work, and when you’re having fun. If your school participates in the Bing for Schools search pilot, you’ll be able to search the web more safely, without distractions from ads in Bing search results, with filtering to help block adult content and enhanced privacy protections.