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Skype's New Connected Classroom Sweepstakes Brings Celebrities Virtually To Students

Thursday, May 10, 2012 2:48 PM

Sweepstakes Offers Classrooms Throughout the Globe Opportunity to have a Skype Video Call with Steve Harvey, James Patterson, Dylan and Cole Sprouse , Jackie Collins and Tinsel Korey

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Today, Skype( http://education.skype.com ) has launched the Connected Classroom Sweepstakes, offering schools throughout the world the chance to win a once in a lifetime Skype video call with well-known celebrities Steve Harvey, James Patterson, Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Jackie Collins and Tinsel Korey*. This sweepstakes, which lives on the Skype in the classroom Facebook page( http://bit.ly/JtFFvF ), encourages more teachers to experience the value of video calling within the classroom by giving their students an exciting opportunity to meet a celebrity face-to-face via Skype on Wednesday, June 6.

"Through Skype video calling, we are able to bring the experience of speaking to well-known actors, comedians and authors who want to give back by sharing their story with students," said Andy Schmidt, head of social good of the Skype Division at Microsoft. "At Skype we believe that shared learning experiences greatly enhance education. This sweepstakes aims to help more teachers understand the value of video calling within the classroom and it further demonstrates Skype's belief that amazing learning experiences should be available to everyone."

To be eligible to enter, K-12 students (three to 18 years of age), teachers or educators must be new or existing members of Skype in the classroom, a free online community that helps over 28,000 registered teachers use Skype to enrich experiences for students.

Here's how teachers can enter on Facebook:

-- 'Like' Skype in the classroom's Facebook page( http://bit.ly/JtFFvF )

-- Sign up for Skype in the classroom( http://education.skype.com ) (if you are not already a registered member)

-- Describe in 150 words or less the ways they currently use or would use Skype in their classroom

Teachers may submit entries starting today on the Skype in the classroom Facebook page( http://bit.ly/JtFFvF ) until Thursday, May 24 at 11:59 P.M. EDT, when five winners will be selected at random. Winners will be chosen and notified on Tuesday, May 29 at 2:00 P.M. EDT via email and will be announced publicly on Wednesday, May 30 at 9:00 A.M. EDT. The winning celebrity calls will take place on Wednesday, June 6 between 10 A.M. and 1 P.M. EDT or at the discretion of the celebrity.

With more than 28,000 registered teachers and counting, in over 190 countries, Skype in the classroom has enabled hundreds of thousands of students around the world to take part in valuable shared learning experiences.


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