One of my favorite classroom tools is bulbapp. This is perhaps one of the best tools I have used for portfolios and also for blogging. It is streamlined and has an easy-to-use layout..
Create a 'Collection' then create a 'Page'
First, things first. Create a collection. This is where you store the pages in a topic. Then, create a page. Pages are parts of the portfolio or blog posts.
The layout toolbar is super easy to use and has the familiar tools we are used to: bold, italics, underline, basic styling (like heading), bullets/numbers, indent, and link.
Move your pages around
This doesn't work like a standard blog. What you are allowed to do is 'move' your posts around so that you can have them in the order you want and not in order by date posted. Of course you can create multiple folders to make sure that you can organize and move your stuff around to different categories too.
Free? You bet, but the 'Pro' version has cool features
So, I'm not using this part yet, but for $50 a year you can have multiple groups to organize your students and get private publishing. This is a big plus for elementary school classrooms.
Student Interview on Bulb
Student reflections on Bulb and what she's using it for.