Bing for Schools: Safer, ad-free search for APS students

This fall Atlanta Public Schools (APS) was one of the first districts in the country to participate in Microsoft’s Bing for Schools (www.bing.com/explore/rewardsforschools) pilot program. Bing for Schools is now live at APS and currently provides ad-free web searches for all students.

Bing for Schools offers K-12 public and private schools in the U.S. the choice to avoid the commercialization of student web searches performed on school networks by removing all advertisements from search results. Bing is the first and only major search engine to give schools such a choice.

Bing for Schools also enhances privacy protections and sets strict filters to help block adult content, and adds specialized learning features to promote digital literacy.

Search is an important tool for students; a November 2012 Pew Poll study found that 94% of teachers believe their students are very likely to use a search engine in a typical assignment.

“Bing for Schools offers teachers the freedom to empower students through a 21stcentury learning environment,” said Aleigha Henderson-Rosser, APS director of instructional technology. “This educational search engine adds an extra layer of security and provides safe search options for our students in an ad-free learning space.”

In addition to ad-free, safer search options, Bing for Schools also removes all advertisements from Bing search results,  enables automatic strict filtering to help block adult content, and provides augmented privacy protections. Bing for Schools also helps to integrate more hands-on digital learning into the curriculum. Bing for Schools makes it easier for teachers to incorporate digital literacy into the classroom by offering three learning activities every school day, targeted at K-4th, 5th-8th, and 9th-12th grades.  The activities are free, aligned with common core standards, and use the Bing homepage image of the day to pose a critical thinking question that can be solved using search tools.

But there’s more. For more information or to help support your school visit www.bing.com/explore/bingforatlanta

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