Skype is rewarding innovative teachers this holiday season with a $10k technology makeover delivered by the big man in red via Skype.  

We are very proud that in a time of education cutbacks Skype’s technology is enabling educators to still bring out of the classroom learning experiences to students – all without leaving their desks.  From explorer Mark Wood connecting classrooms in Nepal and Tsunami-damaged Japan for an environmental discussion to students getting a chance to learn from NASA and even surprise video calls from NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal, Skype in the classroom empowers teachers to bring truly remarkable experiences to their schools.

We want to reward this innovation so we’re launching Santa in the Classroom, a contest providing teachers with a chance to win $10,000 in technology products from the Microsoft Store and a Skype call with Santa Claus this holiday season!

Students will be able to broaden their horizons through the use the new technology, and exposure to the cutting-edge devices and software will give them a clear advantage in their next years of school.

Here are more specifics on how K-12 teachers and educators can enter:

Skype in the classroom website:
Existing Skype in the classroom members can sign-up by visiting the Santa in the classroom project page and clicking on the “Sign Up to Take Part” button.

Teachers who are not members of Skype in the classroom can join here and then follow the above steps.

On Facebook:
Visit the Skype in the classroom Facebook page and fill out the form – name, email and how you would use the technology in your classroom if you won

On Twitter:
Click the link and fill out the form – name, email, and how you would use the technology in your classroom if you won

You must be a teacher or educator in order to be eligible to win. The contest starts today and ends on Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PT. We’ll pick three winners based on creativity of the entries, as well as uniqueness of need and potential to improve the educational community. 

You must be a teacher or educator to enter, so please encourage your child’s teacher to enter today! 

Please visit the Skype blog for more details or education.skype.com to enter!