Top 20 Social Networks for Education American Memory from the Library of Congress American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning. Collaborize Classroom - A online learning platform for teachers and students CoSketch CoSketch is a multi-user online whiteboard designed to give you the ability to quickly visualize and share your ideas as images.  Creately  Creately is a visual collaboration platform used by project teams to communicate more effectively. With Creately's easy to use interface and Shared Projects, everyone on your design, development and business teams can collaborate on software designs, wireframes, business & strategy diagrams easily. Creaza is a suite of web-based creativity tools. There are four tools in the Creaza toolbox that will help your students organize knowledge and tell stories in new creative ways. Mindomo is the mind mapping tool. Students can use this tool to organize thoughts, ideas, links, and other information visually. Mindomo is the perfect tool for exploring new material, looking at connections, and organizing thoughts for further development.  DabbleBoard Dabbleboard is an online collaboration application that’s centered around the whiteboard. With a new type of drawing interface that's actually easy and fun to use, Dabbleboard gets out of your way and just lets you draw.  The National Archives Experience: Digital Vaults The National Archives has put together an amazing site where students can create digital content with primary resources. Students can search photographs, documents, and other records and collect them. Students can use collected items to create their own digital poster or to make a movie.  Doing Text  This site offers a paragraph-based comment function so the ideas of every cowriter are right beside the text. Yet the text itself is not destroyed by user comments shown inbetween. Texts and comments are unified in discussions. Easy sharing of the discussion's URL with no required login for the cowriters let people focus on the elaboration of their text. Flash Meeting  FlashMeeting is an easy to use online meeting application, it allows a dispersed group of people to meet from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Typically a meeting is pre-booked by a registered user and a url, containing a unique password for the meeting, is returned by the FlashMeeting server. The 'booker' passes this on to the people they wish to participate, who simply click on the link to enter into the meeting at the arranged time. ImaginationCubed.  ImaginationCubed is a multi user drawing tool that can be used with a pen, stamp, shapes, line or text. You invite a 'friend via e-mail and then you can both use this tool together. Knotebooks is a service that allows users to create, customize, and share lessons composed of videos, images, and texts from all over the Internet. Knotebooks uses the term "lesson" to describe what users build, but I think a more appropriate description is "multimedia reference article." Using Knotebooks you can organize information to create a reference article for yourself or to share with students Metanotes is an infinite online wall of stickynotes that acts like your external brain. Users can create social scrapbooks and brainstorm/collaborate in real time on a dynamic platform. MetaNotes introduced the note data model – notes containing text, images, video, powerpoints - for visual thinkers, multitaskers, and those overwhelmed with information Mindmeister.   MindMeister brings the concept of mind mapping to the web, using its facilities for real-time collaboration to allow truly global brainstorming sessions. Users can create, manage and share mind maps online and access them anytime, from anywhere. In brainstorming mode, fellow MindMeisters from around the world (or just in different rooms) can simultaneously work on the same mind map and see each other's changes as they happen. Museum Box – Museum Box is a site that provides the tools for teachers and students to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from text files, PDFs, videos, images, even a webcam video or audio recording that you can produce right on the site. Ning  Ning is the social platform for the world's interests and passions online. Millions of people every day are coming together across Ning to explore and express their interests, discover new passions, and meet new people around shared pursuits. Poll Everywhere  This site allows users to generate questions for any audience and that audience can respond via text. Scribblar  Scribblar is a free, simple service designed for creative, real-time collaboration. Using Scribblar, users can collaborate on the creation and editing of images and drawings. Scribblar also supports mathematics equation symbols when creating from scratch on their whiteboard. If you have an image you can upload it to your whiteboard where you and others can edit it or comment on it. The commenting can take place directly on the whiteboard or in one of two side bar chat options. Users can chat in text or in voice which makes Scribblar a good option for hosting informal online tutoring sessions. Springnote  This site is a free online notebook based wiki. Springnote allows you to create pages, to work on them together with your friends, and to share files. Springnote is also a great tool for group projects as it allows group members to easily collaborate. Advanced search, numerous templates, and 2GB of FREE File Storage are included. Stixy This site allows user to create an online bulletin board that can be used to collaborate. .Stixy is a virtual bulletin board space. Notes, photos, documents, and to-do items can be added to the Stixy bulletin board by users. After content has been added to a board, it can be shared with others of your choosing. Those that have been invited to the Stixy board can be given permission to add content, upload, or edit. Screencast-O-Matic  This site allows users to record video directly from their browser and embed it into a lecture or presentation. They simply draw a box around what they want to capture and click "start recording." Because it's cloud-based, there is no software installation necessary. Show Document - Show Document is a great site that allows teachers and students to conduct free web meetings to share documents with one another in real time. It is a free service that lets you explore Google Maps together, surf the web with peers or students, share and comment on a Word or PDF document, or even use a virtual whiteboard space to conduct "meetings". Students can chat even conduct a live chat while the teacher hosts an open whiteboard that all the users of the site can access by entering a simple access code which the organizer of the “meeting” gets. This is a very simple way to collaborate online with other teachers and groups of students. There is unlimited space on the virtual whiteboard and you can always save a PDF of all the work before leaving a session. Wall Wisher - Wall Wisher is a web tool that allows students and teachers to collaborate on an interactive cork board. Imagine the ability to post notes with reminders about class trips, even the PDF file for the permission slip, as well as photos and other great items for your peers and students. But there are so many other uses for this great tool - Middle School students can take and organize project notes or class notes on specific content, they can easily brianstorm ideas together, and even include videos and hyperlinks to other valuable content they wish to share with their teachers and their peers  Weebly Weebly is a place for you and your students to create free websites and blogs. Weebly makes it extremely easy to create a website or blog because of its drag and drop interface, ready made designs, the ability to customize content simply, and the drag and drop approach to organizing pages. These websites are easy to create and have great looking, professional results. Wetoku  This site allows users to record and upload/embed videos Wetoku is a new web service out of Korea that allows  interviewing someone on the internet. Doing an interview can be a rather cumbersome process: think all those travels and equipment-carrying. But Wetoku makes doing an interview as easy as filling out some basic info, creating an interview session, and sending the created interview session's URL to the target interviewee. WiseMapping  Wise Mapping is the web mind mapping tool that leverages the power of Mind Maps mixing new technologies like HTML 5.0 and SVG. A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, and decision making. It is an image-centered diagram that represents semantic or other connections between portions of information. Wridea Wridea is a web service first to avoid ideas being forgotten, then to organize and improve those ideas by giving you the opportunity to share your ideas with friends and necessary tools to improve your ideas by yourself and individually. Zoomerang  Free online survey software for student and teacher use