Official Launch of Canada’s First Interactive Educational Web 2.0 Learning Channel, WIGUP.TV

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WIGUP (While I Grow UP) Advances Canadian Education by Inspiring and Engaging Youth with the November 5th Launch of its WIGUP.TV Interactive Learning Channel for Students Aged 9-14

WIGUP.TV (While I Grow UP) is unveiling its revolutionary ‘Web 2.0’ approach to learning with a World Premier event Nov.5th at 10AM at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Young Canadian performers including 9 year old First Nations singer Aurora, and sibling rock stars The Dube Brothers will be part of the celebration. Live video will be broadcast on http://www.wigup.tv/live.

WIGUP (http://www.wigup.tv) brings unprecedented connectivity to the classroom allowing students to experience everything from climbing to the top of the world, to creating global fundraising initiatives, to gaining inspiration from athletes, philanthropists and entrepreneurs. WIGUP allows children to participate (in school and at home) in themed interactive pavilions that include adventures, sports, communities, news and entrepreneurial challenges with the goal of inspiring, entertaining and motivating kids to get excited about learning.

“With kids being so ‘tech savvy’ it’s important that students take advantage of the global reach and inspiration that technology can bring into their classrooms. We are proud to offer WIGUP.TV as a fun way for children to interact and learn,” said Carolyne Chatel, WIGUP Co-Founder. “Not only will this be an engaging learning tool for children, but also for parents and teachers as well.”

The official launch is the culmination of testing WIGUP prototypes in classrooms across Canada. In the spring of 2010 students in over 130 schools followed the dramatic ascent of Mount Everest by Canadian adventurer and philanthropist Elia Saikaly. They interacted with Saikaly throughout the expedition with live video feeds from the top of the world and students organized charity fundraising campaigns to coincide with the climb.

“Our prototype trials demonstrate that creating a learning experience with exiting mentors and interactive content inspires kids to engage in the classroom,” said Chatel. “The official launch of WIGUP.TV will make this experience available to students across Canada.”

“WIGUP has a unique educational philosophy. We help kids become who they are with this formula: Inspiration + Creativity = Action,” said Mark Chatel, WIGUP Co-Founder & President.

All WIGUP content will be free from Nov.5th to Nov.7th. After Nov.7th limited public content will be available and full content will be accessible via subscriptions. For more information please log on to: http://www.wigup.tv. For those unable to attend, the bilingual launch event will be broadcast live starting at 9:50 am on: http://www.livestream.com/wiguptv and http://www.wigup.tv/live.

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