Bing: The Getting Started Guide for Educators

Save time, make lesson preparation easier, and increase student engagement with Microsoft Bing. Bing is more than a search engine, it's a decision engine that includes both search and interactive components, including: Bing Search, Bing Maps, Bing Translator, and Bing Visual Search. Together, these can help teachers and students find and present engaging, interactive content that can help improve learning.

The decision engine that helps make Internet searching a visual, organized, and successful experience

Bing Search helps you save time by presenting most the useful results on top, organizing search results by category, and providing mouseover previews of the results content. It also helps by providing lists of related links, as well as offering a visual search tool to aid further discovery. Bing Maps use dynamic, interactive content to immerse students in interesting places, historical information, maps, and humanitarian activities around the globe. With Bing Translator, you can instantly translate your findings into over 30 languages. Finally, Bing Safe Search filtering keeps offensive and inappropriate content out of your search results and your classroom.

Bing gives you a rich, organized way to search:   

  • Reduce information overload and enjoy productive searches
  • Make lesson plans more dynamic and visual
  • Find rich content quickly
  • Take students on virtual field trips
  • Translate information for multilingual students
  • Photo of the Day changes daily with fun and interesting facts about the photo
  • "Look before you click" – preview info before clicking on a link
  • Improve vocabulary for elementary students

System requirements:

  • 512 MB of RAM or more
  • A 500 MHz processor or faster
  • Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
  • Microsoft Silverlight 3 or later
  • Windows Internet Explorer 6 or later, or Firefox 3.6 or later; Bing Bar will work on Firefox 3.5, but it isn’t specifically supported
  • 50 MB of free hard disk space


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