As we begin the countdown to EdmodoCon on August 6, we’re giving you a sneak peek at what you can expect by introducing you to who will be presenting. Come meet our edtech experts, plan your viewing party, and if you haven’t already, register to attend!
Valerie (Shull) Knauer
From Tech Illiterate to Tech Savvy: How to Foster Non-Cognitive Skills in Edmodo
Wednesday, August 6, 11:15 am–12:00 pm PDT
Valerie Shull Knauer will be starting her second year as an 8th grade U.S. History teacher and her twentieth year in Box Elder, SD—the only district she’s ever worked for. After starting her middle school’s Learning Center program and holding that position for seven years, Valerie moved into the classroom and taught 6th grade Ancient Civilizations for nine years. As a huge believer in change and continuously trying new things, Valerie’s goal as an educator is to always present lessons that engage students.
In her session, From Tech Illiterate to Tech Savvy: How to Foster Non-Cognitive Skills in Edmodo, Valerie will walk you through how easy it is for any teacher to integrate Edmodo into their lessons, regardless of computer expertise. She will share her story of character and kindness building through her classroom’s project.
When asked why she wanted to speak at EdmodoCon, Valerie said, “There are a couple of reasons. First, to help teachers like me become exposed to technology, realize the value in Edmodo, and how easy it is to navigate and use. Second, to share how Edmodo helped me get to know my students on a deeper level. Edmodo has challenged me to become more tech savvy and taught me the importance of keeping up with technology. My school is moving to 1:1 and Edmodo is a perfect partner for this endeavor.”
Valerie’s favorite feature of Edmodo is the quiz option. Not only because it can grade her tests and quizzes, but because it allows for anonymity by users. It offers a way for students to be open and honest without judgment.