I have found that using student blogs in my classroom has increased student engagement and interaction in reading and writing. There are many free services out on the web to provide teachers with a blogging community/platform for students, however I have found that www.kidblog.org is the safest and the simplest.
Learn it in 5 creates videos to explain using online tools. This tutorial explains how to set up a kidblog class account in 5 minutes.
If you are interested, I would love to share with you more ideas related to blogging with students or help as a guide to answer any questions you may have as you begin your blogging adventure. www.kidblog.org