Microsoft has today unveiled their plans to launch a new modified Bing search engine for schools, which will include improved privacy protection together with the removal of all advertising.
Microsoft will be offering the new Bing For Schools to educational establishments to use in the US via an opt-in program targeting K-12 institutions that is launching later this year.
Microsoft explains a little more behind the idea of their new Bing For Schools initiative:
“While we aren’t ready to go into too much detail, as we’re still finalising what will be available in the first iteration, here are a few things you can likely expect:
– Keeping Our Kids Focused on Learning:As a country, we’ve set schools aside as a special place that is focused on learning, and have traditionally kept advertising out of that environment. Bing For Schools removes ads from the search experience, keeping with our strong belief that schools are for learning and not selling.
– Protecting Our Kids:Bing already offers the ability to filter out adult content with SafeSearch, but with Bing For Schools, SafeSearch will automatically default to the strict setting and remove kids ability to change it.
– Educating Our Kids: In addition to the beautiful Bing homepage images, which feature hotspots that encourage exploration of new and unexpected topics, Bing For Schools will offer short lesson plans that teach digital literacy skills that are related to search and tied to the Common Core. For example, thispicture of a sloth might be coupled with the question “How many sloths could live in one square mile of jungle?” and a lesson helping students use search tools and critical thinking to find potential answers.”
For more information on the new Bing For Schools initiative jump over to the Bing official website for details.
Source: Microsoft : Tech Crunch