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When Ed Knight wants to find out what his six-year-old did in school, he can scroll the Twitter feed on his iPhone for clues to start a conversation with his quiet son, who sometimes holds back when recounting details of his day.

That's because Evan and others in first-grade teacher Jodi Conrad's class use Twitter to send out a weekly newsletters, update the days' activities, and give parents reminders about upcoming programs.

Conrad's class...

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