Microsoft has decided to make the jump to the realm of education with the official launch of Bing for Schools, which happens to be a new initiative that intends to increase the level of digital literacy among students through the intended input of technology – the Surface RT tablet in this case, making an appearance in classrooms. First previewed in June, Bing for Schools is ad-free, and would come with enhanced privacy protections, adult-content filters, and enhanced specialized learning capabilities.
The pilot program has just kicked off, where Microsoft had begun to recruit schools from all over the country, where among them include the Los Angeles Unified School District, Atlanta Public Schools, Fresno Unified School District, and Detroit Country Day School, so that the ad-free Bing experience will be able to reach over 800,000 students. If a particular school district happens to be facing budget cuts, Microsoft will transform Bing Rewards into Surface RT tablets. Just an overview on what Bing Rewards is all about – it will basically enable any Web user to earn credits as long as they surf the Web. These credits can then be redeemed for gift cards as well as other items, although there is also the option of donating it to altruistic projects such as Bing for Schools. 30,000 Bing Rewards credits will enable a school to receive a Microsoft tablet and Touch Cover, now how about that?