Oh look, a new student in class, who is it? It’s Bing!
Microsoft have announced that they are developing a special edition of its Bing search engine which will be specifically geared towards students all the way from Kindergarten through to the 12th grade. This project, known as Bing for Schools, is a tailored version of Bing, which will remove all ads, filter out adult content, strengthen the privacy protection and also add learning features to promote digital literacy.
The new Bing will be completely free and voluntary for any interested schools. No special software or unique web addresses will be needed to require access to the edited Bing.
In order to promote digital literacy, Bing for Schools will offer students ‘hot spots’ to help them investigate and explore new and exciting topics. Short lesson plans will also be on hand to encourage them to use Bing to find answers to different questions.
Whilst this is simply a ploy to expand the amount of people who use Bing, a student-friendly version without the downsides of a regular search engine may just get an A+ with teachers and parents across the school system.
“We see the program as something we can build alongside teachers, parents, and visionaries to create the best possible search experience for our children, and will continue to update you with new information as we work towards our launch later this year,” Microsoft said in its blog.
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