Red Carpet
  • The Windows of Wonder Institute (WOWi), a 501c3 organization under the Austin Community Foundation umbrella, uniquely combines ARTS + WEB + LEARNING to build and connect communities locally, regionally, and globally. WOWi project teams and the WOWi community create new types of interactive digital media environments that are designed to evoke wonder, insight, and a sense of connection for improving the lives of targeted WOWi audiences. To serve its project teams, its content contributors, and its subscriber audiences, WOWi supplies training and support, an internet accessible library of thematic media, and the means to generate custom interactive displays.
Red Carpet

It’s a Wrap—A Red Carpet Finale for the Tchey School Filmmakers

It seems the stars were aligned for the WOWi team and the students at Tchey school. Just as the young filmmakers were putting the finishing touches on their movie project, the Angkor Wat International Film Festival was in full swing in Siem Reap. The festival perfectly coincided with the successful culmination of two intensely productive … Continue reading


Building Skills and Baguettes

Keith Hajovsky has been the chief communicator from Tchey School in Siem Reap. He provides updates via Skype or email to make sure we get the gist and many of the details of what’s happening in the class. If I had to guess, Keith and the team there seem to be going nonstop and are … Continue reading


Students Half a World Away Begin Meaningful Exchanges

You know that moment when everything starts to click—when you realize that theory has become practice and plans are coming to fruition?  That happened for me the other day on my way back from Houston. I stopped at a gas station and, being mindful of the dangers of texting while driving, I checked my email … Continue reading


Making Connections in Cambodia

I don’t know why, but sometimes I am reassured when technology doesn’t work perfectly. It’s cliché but true to say that the world has gotten much smaller. Skype, Facebook, Twitter, and even old-fashioned email mean that we can be in almost constant contact with anyone, anywhere, at any time. However, it seems to me—as old … Continue reading


WOWi Project Kicks Off in Siem Reap, Cambodia

While football fans in the U.S. dreamed of Sunday’s big game, another hard-working team on the other side of the world kicked off an ambitious digital media project that links together a school in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and two schools and a retirement community in Austin, Texas. Call it synchronicity—everything aligning at once to create … Continue reading


WOWi’s Team From America Begins Arriving In Phnom Penh, Cambodia

After four flights spanning over 29 hours I arrived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia this morning. But it’s on the other side of the world from and 13 hours ahead of Austin here, so my head and body are going through the normal jetlag routine.  But even though I am a bit weary from my travels … Continue reading


Announcing WOWi’s Angkor Wat “Digital” School Project

My wife Robin and I visited Cambodia for the first time in the fall of 2009.  We spent almost two weeks exploring the Angkor Wat temples, one of the world’s premier UNESCO World Heritage sites.  We’d long wanted to do that, and we of course thoroughly enjoyed the amazing temples. However, while spending time in … Continue reading

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