This is a compensated post created in partnership with Bing.
When I worked as a technology magnet coordinator, I spent a lot of time educating my elementary students about conducting online research. We had lessons and endless teachable moments about search terms, knowing reliable sources, and being able to distinguishing reliable links from paid ad links that bubble up to the top of the page when using a search engine. While the instruction helped my kids better navigate the web, there were many times I wished for ad-free search that would give them the best links without having to sift through the junk when completing their assignments.
If I was still teaching, I would be using ad-free search through Bing in the Classroom with my students. This free program is focused on helping kids use technology to inspire and satisfy their curiosity through ad-free search. Bing in the Classroom helps students learn about the topics they’re researching by finding relevant links so they can finish their work without the frustration of ads.
Bing in the Classroom also features free, helpful resources for teachers! Daily lesson plans correlated to national Common Core standards enhance subject area curriculum by inspiring critical thinking for students at all grade levels. There are even lessons on digital literacy!
While Bing in the Classroom helps facilitate learning for students and assists teachers in planning daily lessons, parents can also use Bing Rewards to help their child’s school earn Surface tablets. After signing up for Bing Rewards, simply search using the Bing to earn points that can be donated to your child’s school to help them earn tablets for their schools. Knowing the effect that shrinking budgets have on materials for on classroom instruction, it’s great to support a program that gives back to teachers through the gift of Surface tablets for classroom use. And just another tip—encourage grandparents and other family members to sign up for Bing Rewards so the can earn and contribute points towards Surface tablets too!