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

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

  PR Newswire

  PALO ALTO, California, May 10, 2012

- 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, California, May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Skype 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 , 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
  *Sign up for Skype in the classroom (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 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. EDTor 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. Skype offers
an immediate way to help students discover new cultures, languages and ideas,
all without leaving the classroom.

For more information on the Connected Classrooms Sweepstakes, please visit
http://education.skype.com or the Skype in the classroom Facebook page .

*The celebrities were provided by 86400 movement and OpenEduTalk .

About Skype:

Skype is communications software whose purpose is to break down barriers to
communication. With an Internet-connected device, families, friends and
colleagues can get together for free with messaging, voice and video. At low
cost, they can also call landlines or mobiles virtually anywhere in the world.
Skype has recently introduced group video, allowing groups of more than two
people to do things together whenever they're apart. Founded in 2003 and based
in Luxembourg, Skype is a division of Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT). Skype
can be downloaded onto computers, mobile phones and other connected devices
for free at www.skype.com .

About 86400 Movement:

The 86400 movement created and oversees a free speakers bureau that supports
teachers and students in school districts throughout the world by providing
free top-notch lectures by a renowned and diverse group of scholars,
celebrities and content specialist on a variety of topics.The bureau has
partnered with Skype to utilize Skype's technology to improve the use of
technology as a teaching tool as well as to connect speakers with schools via
Skype. The 86400 Movement mission is to bring people together to use their
gift of 86400 seconds to make a positive difference in the world. The movement
strives to awaken the social consciousness of individuals thereby encouraging
volunteerism and social action in the areas of education and health &
wellness. 86400movement.com

About OpenEduTalk:

OpenEduTalk.com offers a platform for authors, actors, athletes, speakers,
business leaders and entrepreneurs to talk to students directly in their
classrooms, worldwide about relevant issues in real time, live via Skype.
Topics range from bullying to leadership. Our philosophy, "Talk to A Child,
Change A Life." The company was launched in 2011 and created by author and
entrepreneur, Jeff Rivera and Jane Ubell-Meyer, author, speaker and
entrepreneur.

Contacts:

SkypeAndrew Schmidt Andrew.Schmidt@skype.net

Kaplow for SkypeJennifer Myers skypeSG@kaplowpr.com (212) 221-1713

Website: http://www.skype.com