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Mohali, India

Conversation with Ken Banks - Founder of kiwanja.net

11 Jul

2012 06:00 AM (CST)

This class ran for 62 minutes

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This webinar is hosted in English

Dr. Nellie Deutsch in conversation with Ken Banks

Dr. Nellie Deutsch
Dr. Nellie Deutsch
Ken Banks
Ken Banks


About Ken Banks
Ken Banks graduated from the University of Sussex, UK in 1999 with honors in Social Anthropology with Development studies and between 2006 and 2007 he was based at Stanford University as a Visiting Fellow on the Reuters Digital Vision Program.

He is the founder of kiwanja.net which helps social innovators and entrepreneurs to make a better use of technology in their work. He is also the creator of FrontlineSMS, a software which enables users to connect mobile devices to computer and turn it into a communication hub without an internet connection.

With an experience of more than 19 years working and living in Africa, Banks is well-known in the community of technology & design innovation, and has been honored with many International awards, such as the prestigious Cambridge News Business Excellence Awards (2012), Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest (2011), Ashoka Fellowship (2011), Member of the UK Prime Minister's Delegation to Africa (2011), National Geographic Emerging Explorer (2010), Tech Awards Laureate (2009), Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow (2008) and Faculty Member, Reuters Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University (2006) and still the list goes on.

Ken devotes himself to kiwanja.net- “where technology meets anthropology, conservation and development.” kiwanja.net focuses on projects which lower barriers to entry and put the power of technology in hands of those who need it most. The full focus is on the end user, typically grassroots non-profits and innovators who are often overlooked in today’s high technology- driven development sector. Some of these projects are:

1. FrontlineSMS - an SMS service which has been specially designed for the rural areas of developing countries that were unable to use technology. Today it is being used in over eighty countries around the world in a wide range of non-profit activities.

2. Means of Exchange project which looks at how emerging, everyday technologies can be used to democratize opportunities for economic self-sufficiency, rebuild local communities and promote a return to local resource use.

3. Silverback is a mobile phone game which takes advantage of the game-playing features of today's mobile phones, and over eight levels teaches people about gorilla conservation.

kiwanja.net partners with a number of organizations like UNEP, Fauna and Flora and The Grameen Technology Center in their endeavor to spread technology in every corner of world.

For more information on Ken, visit kiwanja.net

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About Dr. Nellie Deutsch
Nellie holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in educational leadership specializing in curriculum & instruction and is an E-Learning Professional Development Specialist.

She is the founder of Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL), an online informal network of volunteers that provides free and low-cost professional development workshops for educators around the world. The hands-on workshops help teachers learn to integrate technology into blended and fully online classes for private and public courses.

About the Host

WizIQ Conversations

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Mohali, India

Dr. Deutsch earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix from the School of Advanced Studies. Her dissertation research was published on Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Dr. Deutsch is internationally known as a transformative leader, community builder, an expert in educational technology, leader in providing online professional development courses, and mentor for educators worldwide.

Dr. Deutsch is the founder of Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL), an online informal network that provides free professional development workshops for educators around the world. Dr. Deutsch is also founder and current coordinator of the annual Connecting Online (CO09-CO13) for Instruction and Learning and Moodlemoot (MMVC11- MMVC13) free online conferences. She also provides course design and online facilitation on Moodle for Teacher (M4T) courses for teachers and administrators at Atlantic University, COL, and other organizations around the world.

href="http://www.nelliemuller.com/WebQuestsbyNellieDeutsch.htm">WebQuests, Professional Electronic Portfolios (Mahara), web 2.0 tools, blogs, social networks, and wikis. She follows a relationship-based collaborative active learning approach to instruction and learning. Her experiential humanitarian approach to instruction and learning has earned her the respect of educators around the globe and attracted her to healthy living and healing. She's an accredited PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills), conflict resolution, and Reiki practitioner. She practices and teaches Mindfulness Meditation and the Alexander Technique.

Dr. Deutsch has written chapters in books on the use of technology and research (

Dr. Deutsch volunteers a great deal of her services. She is on the steering committee for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Computer Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL-IS). She is also on the board of directors for the World Association for Online Education (WAOE) as the program coordinator.  She also promotes free online education worldwide by providing free professional development courses to educators in Africa and underdeveloped countries.