One of our teachers recently reached out to me and told me about an incident he had in his computer lab. Unless you have time to read Microsoft’s press releases, you might be unaware that the Office software on your computer has been updated from the old ClipArt search to a Bing search. I was appalled by his story and immediately went online to research the issue. At The Teacher’s Academy, we are constantly looking for opportunities to help educate teachers and work to keep the computer lab experience safe and educational. It is our goal to educate teachers on the changes happening “out there” that affect your class. This is a big one and we feel obligated to tell his story.
So, ClipArt uses Bing to do its Search…What’s the Worst that could Happen?
As a culminating project on my five senses unit, I took my first graders down to the computer lab where we were going to add ClipArt to a pre-formatted template that I created in Word. I’ve done this several times in the past and the students love searching for pictures, changing the format, adding effects and of course changing the colors. After a few minutes of getting the students logged in and the templates pulled up, we were ready to go. Here’s how it went:
Teacher: “Okay, class… What might be a good search-word to find a picture about the sense of smell?”
Teacher: “Yes! I agree. Go ahead and type that in the ClipArt search bar: N-O-S-E. Now press Enter.”
Class: “AHHHHHHH!!” (Shocked faces followed by laughter and quiet secrets to friends ensued.)