(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Microsoft’s ad-free program, Bing in the Classroom, is now out of its beta phase and is available to all eligible schools in the United States, states a press release from the company.
The program allows all public and private K-12 schools to search the Internet safely through Microsoft’s Bing search engine.
“In addition to ad-free search, Bing in the Classroom sets strict filters to help block adult content, prevents student searches from being used for ad targeting and adds specialized learning features to promote digital literacy in the classroom,” states the Redmond based company. “Microsoft estimates that over 15 billion search ads are being served to students every year while in school, exposing them to marketing messages for everything from for-profit online degree programs to fast food.”
Schools can also earn Bing Rewards credits towards Microsoft Surface tablets by having children and parents use Bing outside of school.
Bing lets users choose what school they want to support with credits, and when the school earns 30,000 credits, they will receive the tablet with Type Cover.
More than 5,000 schools and over 4.5 million kids currently use the Bing in the Classroom program.