Many thanks to Bing for sponsoring today’s post, and inspiring me to share about their #adfreesearch classroom initiative with this DIY Teacher Supply Caddy.
This week is Teacher Appreciation week in many schools. My daughter doesn’t go to “big school” yet, as she calls it. She still attends preschool. We spent the weekend making this DIY Teacher Supply Caddy as a gift for a special teacher in her life. But even though she only attends preschool, we are in the planning stages for when she attends kindergarten. And although technology is not a big part of her school experience now, I know that it will be in the future. I’m glad to know that Bing in the Classroom removes ads and blocks searches from being used for personalized advertising for all Bing searches done through the school’s network. How neat is that! There is also a reward component that enables users to earn credits towards Surface tablets for their school. So read on for two fun ways to help out a special teacher in your life- through a fun gift and through Bing in the Classroom!
DIY Teacher Supply Caddy
This fun caddy is an upcycle project made from a combination of new and recycled materials. As an added bonus, it’s so easy that it can be completed in under 30 minutes. Fill it with supplies to create a gift for your favorite teacher!
- Glue gun
- 2 empty and clean snack canisters
- Colored Burlap (If you cannot find colored burlap, read on How to Spray Paint Burlap)
- A new paper towel holder– the kind the stand upright by themselves
Begin by covering the snack canisters with the colored burlap. I found burlap ribbon at my local Walmart on clearance, so I stocked up on different colors. Hot glue the burlap to the snack canisters. I used a coordinating stripe in the middle of each canister, too.
Hot glue the canisters to the upright paper towel holder. Be sure to apply hot glue at all contact points to secure them.
Add supplies, candy, and goodies for a special teacher. The upper portion of the paper towel holder doubles as a handle for the caddy!
Bing in the Classroom
I’ve never been a teacher, but I can only imagine how distracting that ads can be while children are using the Internet. My daughter can be reading or or playing, and if I am on my computer and a toy ad pops up she immediately stops what she’s doing to come look at it. It’s like some ads are a beacon for child attention. With Bing in the Classroom, all advertising is removed, and there are privacy enhancements and strict filters for content that are not for little eyes. #BingClassroom removes ads from being used for personalized advertising for all Bing searches done through the school’s network, making Bing the only major search engine to provide a #adfreesearch offering tailored specifically for the classroom. It’s important to realize that all searches performed with Bing in the Classroom will be ad free, but, websites discovered and visited via search will still provide ads. See more about Bing in the Classroom in the below video.
The popular Bing Rewards program enables people to earn credits towards Surface tablets for a school of their choice simply by signing up and searching with Bing. It’s easy to see how many Rewards credits an individual school has earned. Users can search for any school by ZIP code and see how many other people are contributing, how many Surface tablets the school has earned so far, and how many credits are needed to earn the next Surface. Parents can also discover if the school is registered for the search enhancements, so they can know if their kids are receiving ad-free, safer, more private search in the classroom when they choose Bing.
Anyone can earn credits just by searching the web with Bing—similar to a frequent flyer program. Credits can be donated to help get free Microsoft Surface tablets for schools. It’s easy! Visit Bing Rewards and select “Find your school” map in the lower right corner of the page. Next, enter the school’s zip code and select the name of the school via the dropdown menu and select “Find”. From here, select the “Support Your School” section and click on the “Try it now, FREE!” section. You’ll be prompted to create a Microsoft account, or sign in with your Facebook account. Simply stay signed in as you search with Bing.