[Community-news] where is Walter?

Kassie Petrick kassiepetrick at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 22 20:04:32 EDT 2008

	As someone who only knows you recently I am sorry to hear that you will be ‘redirecting’ your work with OLPC. I’ve appreciated your help in getting me more involved with the program, and look forward to my current collaboration with Tom Boonsiri. As a teacher who is not involved with the everyday intricacies of development I can well imagine the amount of energy that you spend, and appreciate the enormous job that you have done. However, as an educator (of 12 and 13 year olds) I can tell you that your effort is paying off! My kids love the XO and the ability to “play’ with open source, and better yet communicate with each other. We have a generation here who is comfortable with this medium, and I for one want to keep encouraging this platform. Please include me in any new projects that you may be involved with, during this next phase of your ‘career’. You have an ardent fan here on the West Coast, and definitely an advocate for open-source.   

-Kassie Petrick 
> Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 18:22:04 -0400
> From: walter.bender at gmail.com
> To: community-news at laptop.org
> CC: devel at lists.laptop.org; sugar at lists.laptop.org
> Subject: [Community-news] where is Walter?
> After more than two years without a break at One Laptop per Child, I
> have decided to take some time to reflect on how I can best contribute
> going forward to the goal of giving children around the world
> opportunities for a quality learning experience. The OLPC Association
> is making headway getting laptops into the hands of children and it is
> encouraging to see that other non-profit and for-profit organizations
> are following suit. My personal interest is in helping build a
> community of developers, educators, and learners dedicated to
> advancing the quality of free and open source software for learning
> and the sharing of pedagogical approaches in this community by
> adopting the spirit and methodology of the open-source movement.
> While my goal is to create a complementary effort to broaden the reach
> of the software and pedagogy--a free and open framework in support of
> "learning learning", I hope to continue working with the great team at
> OLPC as well as the various groups that have formed around the world
> in support of one-laptop-per-child deployments.
> Thank you for all of your support over the past two years and for all
> the feedback and encouragement you have given me.
> regards.
> -walter
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Back to work after baby–how do you know when you’re ready?

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