Flickr user Oliver Quinlan Technology is a wonderful thing. It's made so many aspects of life just that much easier, including academic life. EdTech academic writing tools are incredibly helpful in giving students that extra assistance they may need to improve their essay writing and find a greater level of success in school. There are a number of EdTech academic writing tools students can tap into for help when needed, throughout the school year. 1.\u00a0Parapal-Online When you need some help improving your reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar, turn to Parapal for some assistance. A variety of free English lessons and vocabulary building exercises will help you improve and increase your language skills. 2.\u00a0Writing.com Tap into the resources provided by Writing.com to inspire your better essay writing. Authors of all skill levels and interests use this online community as a gathering spot to get tips that will benefit their written works. Create a portfolio, share your work, and bond with other creative minds. 3.\u00a0Read-Able Sometimes you've worked so long and hard on an essay that it's hard to see the errors right in front of your face. It makes sense in your mind, so it's difficult to understand how it wouldn't make sense to anyone else reading it. Read-Able is a quick, easy, and free way to test the readability of your work. 4.\u00a0The Grammar Gorillas If you want to have a little more fun while learning proper grammar, log onto The Grammar Gorillas. Hungry gorillas are waiting for you to feed them bananas, as you identify different parts of speech. You'll be feeding the hungry gorillas, while having fun and getting a grammar lesson. 5.\u00a0EssayTagger Students will get an unbiased evaluation of their essays when their teachers use EssayTagger to grade them. This isn't an auto-grader, so teachers will still need to read and grade the essays, but it can help them give more objective feedback when they're unable to separate their opinions from the essay they're reading. 6.\u00a0Grammar Now! Get help with grammar, punctuation, and writing skills of all kinds at Grammar Now! Free answers are provided for all of your grammatical questions. 7.\u00a0Simplenote If you've ever had a brilliant idea pop into your head, only to have it drift away before you had a chance to write it down, you'll understand the value of Simplenote. With this free tool, you can easily take notes on any device, organize them and locate them quickly using tags. Never let another good idea slip away from you again! 8.\u00a0Anti-Social It's so easy to get completely distracted when you're working online, especially when you're not totally interested in what you're supposed to be doing. Anti-Social can help keep you on the right track, by blocking the biggest distracting websites. 9.\u00a0Vocaboly The five books that make up this online program work to help students learn new words and their meanings. An extensive vocabulary is a great tool to have in your back pocket, when you're trying to write an essay, and Vocaboly is there to help you increase that vocabulary. 10.\u00a0Mnemonic Forget about post-it notes or dog-earring the book pages that you'll need to take information from when you've got Mnemonic. You can tag and bookmark any page that's relevant to your project, organize your resources and locate them quickly and easily. 11.\u00a0Quillpad Write better stories and essays with some help from Quillpad, the fun website that seeks to get students excited about writing. Online resources, books, and vocabulary boosters work together to change students' perceptions about how boring they think writing can be. 12.\u00a0Six Great Ways to Search the Web The information you need is out there, but if you don't know how to find it, what use is it to you? Learn how to effectively search for the information and resources you'll need to complete your written assignments. 13.\u00a0The Easy Essay The Easy Essay is a template for information organization and sharing that breaks down essays to their most basic form. It's perfect for all levels of education because the structure of essays--no matter what level you're writing at--always remains the same. Students today should make full use of the EdTech academic writing tools available to them, take advantage of the EdTech learning opportunities they offer and use them to better their academic writing and language skills.