Celebrating learning without borders across Asia Pacific with Microsoft

Thousands of educators, guest speakers and students traveled the world on 3rd and 4th December to celebrate learning without borders with Microsoft’s first–ever global Skype-a-Thon. Exceeding the initial goal of 1 million virtual miles, a grand total of 3,046,124 virtual miles were clocked over the course of this two day event!

1. Skype-a-thon miles

Participants from all corners of world reached out to share and learn from each other. Students and educators from places such as Australia, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, India, New Zealand, and the Philippines, along with more than 150 other countries took part in the Skype-a-Thon, experiencing different countries, cultures and real time events without ever having to leave the classroom.



Anthony Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education, Microsoft also took part in the action kicking off the Skype-a-Thon with a 30-minute video call to the Year 7 and 8 students at Opaheke School in Papakura, New Zealand to hear more about a project they are working on about Antarctica.


He then made his way to other countries across Asia Pacific, virtually befriending a native Australian lizard named “Toothless”, taking Skype selfies with elementary school students in South Korea, as well as answering questions from students in classrooms in the Philippines, Indonesia, India and more.


Check out some of these great Skype-a-Thon moments across the Asia Pacific:


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