Free App Alert: Zeal Common Core Aligned Exit Tickets & Tutorial Inside

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What: Zeal: Common Core Exit Tickets for K-8 students.

images-1Who: Epic teachers in K-8 ELA and Math classes looking for innovative formative assessment tools for their classroom. Teachers can personalize instruction, track student progress, and engage students in class competitions. Students and teachers receive feedback that tracks progress and shows where extra help is needed.

Steps to get started:

  • Go to www.zeal.com
  • Type in your email address and create a password.
  • Create a class and direct students to enter a class code ( Each class will have a specified class code)
  • Begin by selecting from 15,000 pre-made exit tickets aligned to Common Core Standards to help guide your instruction.

This free tool allows teachers to see students feedback and responses in real-time as well as do the grading too! 

When: You can use this tool as an exit tool or as a tool to see where your students are in reference to the standard.

Where: www.zeal.com

Cons:

There is no blog or social media site to go to for more info, and there’s no built-in support for ELL students or kids with special needs.

Watch the tutorial:

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Are you suffering from writer’s block? Did your teacher give you a creative writing assignment? The most significant and underrated factor in a writer’s success is discipline. Luck and talent is always there to help, but having a constant writing practice is essential for a successful writer. However, finding time and inspiration for writing is not always easy. For some people, the hardest part in creative writing is generating an idea to write about. This is where writing prompts can help.

Writing prompts provides you with a starting point for your writing practice. Sometimes, these creative writing prompts result in a story or poem. But having to develop ideas, being pushed to a path where you wouldn’t normally go in your writing, and sometimes, just putting pen to a paper is enough to provide an important dose of inspiration.

Are you thinking of writing a story or book, but struggling to come up with an idea? No problem! Here are some good sources of creative writing prompts – perfect for starting a novel or a short story, or simply to give your writing muscle a workout.

1. Toasted Cheese: A daily writing prompt site which publishes prompts on a monthly calendar. Here you’ll find a different prompt each day. If you don’t like what is on current calendar, click through earlier months to find old prompts.

2. Quotes Daddy: As the name suggests, Quotes Daddy is a collection of quotes from famous as well as not-so-famous people. Each day, you’ll find new quotes featured on the homepage of the site. Also, you can add a Quotes Daddy widget to your blog.

3. StoryToolz: Another creative idea generator that offers three useful tools for writers – Random Conflicts, Story Idea Generator and Half Title Generator. People struggling to come up with creative ideas for writing would love the story starters featured on StoryToolz. Just select a tool from the main menu and check the randomly generated idea. If you don’t like it, run the tool again until you get the best option.

4. Story Wheel: An iPad and iPhone app, designed to promote audio storytelling. Just spin the Story Wheel on your phone and when it lands on an image, dictate a story based on the same. Once you’re done with recording, you can play the story with animations created by Story Wheel.

5. The Story Starter: As you might guess from the name, The Story Starter is a popular website that offers more than one trillion randomly generated story writing ideas for creative writers.

6. Things to Think About: Yet another iPad app which offers a number of writing prompts generated by students for students. Things to Think About contains writing prompts in 12 different categories. Each prompt has a picture, whereas some of them comes with a short audio recording of students reading those prompts.

7. Fifteen Minutes of Fiction: This site is basically designed for people who don’t have a lot of time for writing but wish to keep their skills sharp. Every week you’ll find a new writing prompt and you can respond to the same with a quick poetry or a short fiction.

Moreover, you can also find your own ideas for writing prompts from different places – headlines, speeches, signs, some words picked from a book and so on.

Get used to keeping an eye on phrases or words which fire your imagination, pen them down and use them as writing prompts. You never know where they may take you.

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