updated 05:52 pm EDT, Wed August 21, 2013
Effort allows users to generate Bing Rewards points for Surface RT devices
Microsoft today has launched its Bing for Schools program. The modified version of the Microsoft Search Engine eliminates adult content, filters ads, and provides "enhanced privacy protection" to users. The service will be available to students and teachers connected to the school network. Additionally, with the program comes the ability for multiple users to band together and earn credits towards getting a school a free Surface RT tablet over time.
Microsoft claims that 60 regular users teaming up can generate enough Bing Rewards points for a school to receive a free Surface RT tablet per month. Users not affiliated with the school itself are allowed to donate points toward the hardware as well.
In addition to the curated search experience, the effort is bringing three digital learning activities to Bing for Schools users. The lessons are drawn from Common Core standards, and should be applicable to any K-12 educational institution.