Bing for School: Why I changed my Homepage

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The internet is just one thing on the list of many about my kids going to school that scares the heck out of me.  I’m sure you can relate to my worries.  So much junk circulates and I can monitor what they see at home, but what happens when they are sitting in the library with friends?  Remember the days of idle hands and minds when you were in school?  The outcome was less than wholesome, in my experience.

Lucky for me, I was able to talk with[showLetter]=P Matt Wallaert, a Behavioral Scientist,  from Bing this week about their new initiative for schools all over the country.

Bing is offering a read here Digital Literacy Program aimed at providing the skills necessary for children to search the internet safely and effectively.

There are three main points to the Bing for Schools Digital Literacy Program:

1.  Bing will offer three lesson plans each day based on Bing’s homepage theme (broken down K-4, 5-8 and 9-12).  Those lesson plans are broken into 10 minute critical thinking activities that require students to practice search skills.  These can be done in the classroom and at home.

2.  School Districts can register with Bing to have ad free searching implemented in their schools.  Currently, a limited number of schools will be accepted for the initial pilot program, but schools can still participate and will be added as soon as possible.

3.  Bing for Schools has enhanced the bookworm dating website Bing Rewards program to allow parents, students and faculty to accrue points towards earning Microsoft RT Surface Tablets for use in the classroom!  I was not aware of their rewards program to earn giftcards in exchanged for points earned through using Bing search engine (as well as other options).  It reminds me of Swagbucks, but less spammy.  Now, those points that are accrued during your everyday internet usage can be allotted specifically for your school.

Such a simple plan and yet it feels revolutionary to me!

Jen is a “Mom Blogger” in the sense that she writes about her life which largely revolves around being a mother. You can expect to hear about family life and raising young kids, recipes and menu planning, home organization, crafts, products that she loves and local, family friendly events and locations. You can hear more from Jen on her blogs, WorthingtonLower and Stars and Bars Made


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