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Top Tech for Advanced Learners in ELA

If you're looking to support high-achieving or gifted students that need their reading and writing skills challenged, we've collected some ELA tools for all ages that provide more complex and/or involved experiences. There are tools that let students select books that push their skills, online communities where students can create and critique with others, and games that'll open students' minds to the possibilities of the written word. You'll also find publishing tools for students who want to take their perspectives out of the classroom and onto the web.

Epic! - Books for Kids Publisher: Epic! Creations
Free, expansive digital library unlocks treasure trove of books
Grades K-6
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
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BiblioNasium Visit Website: http://www.biblionasium.com
Site for reviewing and sharing books makes reading a social adventure
Grades 2-6
Type Website
Price Free
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Harry Potter Reading Club Visit Website: http://hpread.scholastic.com
The fun and fantasy of Harry's world plus literary discussion
Grades 3-7
Type Website
Price Free
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Accelerated Reader 360 Visit Website: http://www.renaissance.com/products/accelerated-reader
Boundless, flexible tools promote instructional, independent reading
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Contact for pricing
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Elegy for a Dead World Publisher: Popcannibal
Compelling sci-fi world imagined -- and written -- by its players
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price $14.99
Platforms Mac, Windows
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NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program Visit Website: https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/
Wildly engaging contest turns students into novelists in 30 days
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Scribblenauts Remix Publisher: Warner Bros. Entertainment
Vocab-building word puzzles inspire creative problem-solving
Grades 5-8
Type App
Price $.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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LitPick Visit Website: http://www.litpick.com
Tweens' reviews of YA literature great for classroom use
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Call Me Ishmael Visit Website: http://callmeishmael.com/
Drop a calling card, leave a message, inspire others to love reading
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Room for Debate Visit Website: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate
Experts examine, dissect, and discuss critical issues
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Twine Visit Website: https://twinery.org/
Cool interactive story creator can both dazzle and baffle
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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WordFlex Touch Dictionary for iPad
Amazing interactive visual dictionary makes exploring words exciting
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad
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Genius Visit Website: http://www.genius.com
Collaborative tool lets kids annotate songs, literature, news
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Story Wars Visit Website: https://www.storywars.net/
Read, write, and vote on engaging collaborative storytelling site
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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The Harry Potter Alliance Visit Website: http://www.thehpalliance.org
Fan site promotes real-world heroics with activism for social justice
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Youth Voices Visit Website: https://www.youthvoices.live/
Vibrant online community hosts authentic student writing
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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DEVICE 6 Publisher: Simogo
Inventive, interactive short story puzzles, scares, and delights
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Figment Visit Website: http://www.figment.com
Active teen writing community offers valuable, authentic feedback
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Teen Ink Visit Website: http://www.teenink.com
Get kids writing, publishing, critiquing in this valuable network
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Serial Reader Publisher: Michael Schmitt
Literary app chunks out classic texts for on-the-go reading
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
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WordPress.com Visit Website: http://wordpress.com/
Solid blogging tool and content management system offers DIY blogs
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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