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EduBlogs
http://edublogs.org/
Edublogs lets you easily create & manage student& teacher blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts - it's safe, easy and secure.

Class BlogMeister
http://classblogmeister.com/
Class Blogmeister is one of several blogging engines that have been developed specifically for classroom use. You are welcome to explore the writings of teachers and students alike.

Blogger
https://www.blogger.com/
Share your thoughts, photos, and more with your friends and the world. It’s easy to post text, photos, and videos from the web or your mobile phone. Unlimited flexibility to personalize your blog with themes, gadgets, and more.

WordPress
http://wordpress.org/
WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it. WordPress is Open Source, so you can download and host the software on your own server or you can use WordPress.com for Free.

TypePad
http://www.typepad.com/
TypePad lets you select from thousands of designs and has lots of widgets, custom banners, and more. However, this service is not free. You can take advantage of a free trial before you decide to pay the low monthly fee or annual subscription, though.
LiveJournal http://www.livejournal.com/ In addition to providing a blog, LiveJournal also makes it easy to create a social network through the blogs. This might work great for your class if all the students will have their own blog as well.

Movable Type
http://www.movabletype.org/
Another free blog publisher, Moveable Type offers many of the same features as the others with a spam blocker, templates, and more.

Tumblr
http://www.tumblr.com/
Not really a full-fledged blogging platform, Tumblr is designed for smaller posts and a much more personalized experience. If you aren’t ready to go the way of the blog, this might be a good way to get your feet wet.

Kidblog.org - Safe and Simple Blogs for Your Students
http://www.kidblog.org
Kidblog.org is designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to provide each student with their own, unique blog. Kidblog's simple, yet powerful tools allow students to publish posts and participate in discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs