When Ed Knight wants to find out what his 6-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 newsletter, update the days’ activities and give parents reminders about upcoming programs.
Conrad’s class at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Glen Ellyn is among a growing number that use social media and other technology to supplement lessons, even for very young students.
“These are tools that come standard in life right now,” said Conrad, 36, who controls the account and the messages that the class, as a group, delivers. “I do it outside of class, so why not do it inside.”
Her students also contribute to a classroom blog, make videos for a private YouTube account intended for parents, and write books using computer software.
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