Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Distraction-Free Learning with Bing in the Classroom

Many thanks to Bing for sponsoring today’s post, and inspiring me to share about their #adfreesearch classroom initiative.


Education is something we strongly value in our home. That doesn't mean we know it all or always get things correct, but providing our children with opportunities to learn, as well as demonstrating our own desire for continued education, is something we strive to work hard at.

Computers have become commonplace in the classroom, therefor, it is my duty as a parent to teach my children the importance of using computers responsibly and in a way that benefits their education.  Computers, and the internet, open up a wonderful world of educational opportunities for children, whether it be to play a math game, search for information on a particular topic, watch a video, or even watch live feed of the animals at the National Zoo.

As much as I love for my children to be able to use the computer, I often feel guilty for saying no because of how easy it is to become distracted by all those ads. No matter how much I talk to my children about using a computer responsibly, I still have to closely monitor their usage because sometimes there are those distractions that can often be misleading to a child. Believe it or not, I've already learned the hard way about how easily a child can navigate to an inappropriate website. Even I've been known to click on something that turned out to be completely different than what I had been lead to believe.



Sometimes it isn't as easy for teachers to monitor children on a computer when there are 20 kids in a classroom, and that's why I love what Bing is now doing for schools, with Bing in the Classroom. In schools, when students use search engines other than Bing, they are shown ads that can distract from their studies. With Bing in the Classroom, all advertising is removed, there are strict filters for adult content, and enhanced privacy protection.

We often forget that these are just children and that they don't always have the attention span like an adult. They are so easily distracted so it is nice that Bing in the Classroom has removed these ads and blocked searches from being used for personal advertising for all Bing searches done through the schools network.

Bing in the Classroom is now available to all schools in the U.S.  and can even earn your child's school free Microsoft Surface tablets. 

"We've made it even easier for people to support the schools they care about. Our popular Bing Rewards program enables people to earn credits towards Surface tablets for a school of their choice simply by signing up and searching with Bing. Now we are making it easier to see how many Rewards credits an individual 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. And we'll also tell you if the school is 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.

Anyone can earn credits just by searching the web with Bing—similar to a frequent flyer program. Credits can be donated to help get free Microsoft Surface tablets for schools. It's easy! All you have to do is stay signed in as you search with Bing."

Are you ready to begin supporting your child's school and protect them while using computers in the classroom with Bing in the Classroom?

Click HERE to locate your child's school and try it now, free! 

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