3 Reasons to Use Bing in the Classroom
Helping students to be more independent learners is important in today’s classrooms. However, letting go of complete control can be challenging. One fear many have is the potential risk involved when students are allowed to search the Internet, even with school filters. Educators need to teach students what it means to be digitally responsible as well. Yet, finding these resources can take time. Some schools even struggle with the lack of access to devices for their students. Bing solves each of these concerns.
Dr. Robert Dillon explains that, “School districts continue to look for partners with online resources that can keep their students safe. It is clear that Bing is making this a priority. In a time where data privacy is an essential part of the work of all Chief Technology Officers, it is good to know that there are quality options available.”
- Earn Free Surface Tablets
Outfitting your classroom with technology can be expensive. Yet, we know the benefits of allowing students access to be able to connect and collaborate via the Internet. With Bing Rewards, schools can earn credits just for searching on Bing. Credits may be donated to the school of your choice. If a school earns enough credits, Microsoft will send free Surface to that school.
My good friend, Dr. Spike Cook, is the Principal of a Microsoft district in NJ. He states, “I have been impressed with the tools in the Microsoft package. In a few short weeks, our school is collaborating and communicating in a more purposeful way. We are streamlining processes as a result of Bing and One Drive. The sky is the limit!” – Dr. Cook, Principal of RM Bacon Elementary in Millville, NJ where they proudly use of Bing and One Drive to foster innovation, collaboration, and a growth mindset!
- Access Common Core Aligned Digital Literacy Lesson Plans
Having quality resources can make a big difference in the classroom. Finding such quality resources can be challenging. Bing offers a simple solution for teachers with their fun, short activities using a beautiful Bing image that promotes digital literacy and critical thinking. Lessons are available at K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. You can find these archived lessons at: bing.com/lessons.
TEDx Speaker and award winning second grade teacher, Kayla Delzer, has dedicated much time and resources to helping educators become “a champion of digital citizenship” in their classrooms. After exploring the rich content Bing has to offer, she writes, “I love how all of the Bing in the Classroom Digital Literacy Lesson Plans are created for teachers by teachers. Each lesson plan lists the Common Core Standards and learning objectives right up front, which is really convenient and helpful. I also think it’s totally do-able as a teacher with a jam-packed schedule to integrate the 10 minute plans into our day. My students have benefited from the rich discussions and have improved their critical thinking skills as a result of the engaging Bing images and interactive short activities. I would definitely recommend Bing lesson plans for anyone looking to amp up their digital literacy instruction.”
- Search Safely and Without Ads
Bing has build in content filters to help students safely search the Internet while other search engines can be inconsistent or display risky ads. School administrators can register their school or district IP addresses so that bing searches made on their network are ad-free, with strict filtering to help block adult content, and have enhanced privacy protections.
As someone who has testified in front of the United States Congress on this issue, State and District Digital Learning Director for The Alliance for Excellent Education, Thomas Murray, shares that “Bing is an excellent search engine of choice when considering student privacy, pledging to keep student information safe and ultimately respecting students’ privacy with any data collected.”
Additionally, Kerry Gallagher, Digital Learning Specialist at St. John’s Prep and Director of K-12 Education at ConnectSafely, further adds that, “Educators are recognizing that teaching digital citizenship and medial literacy to our children is as essential as teaching them to read and write. Bing’s safe search, which eliminates ads and adult content, can be an essential tool as students are still working to master these skills. A safe search environment gives them a chance to explore the Internet, while limiting their exposure to content that isn’t helpful.”
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