If a teacher plans to bring technology into their classroom, it is important for them to be the first student. Teachers need to be sure they can use blogs, podcasts, and other technology before asking their students to use them. However, with how quickly technology is changing, this can be a difficult task.
In chapter 3, Richardson posits that blogs are one of the best tools a teacher can use in the classroom. I can see their potential. It creates more avenues of collaboration, feedback, quick responses, and extending a topic beyond the classroom. But I think it can also be detrimental in the classroom as well. Richardson stresses that blogging can bring in and utilizing a larger, more diverse audience. While that has its positives, it can also be dangerous or intimidating for students.
In chapter 8, Richardson introduces podcasting and video streaming as other technologies that can be useful in the classroom. Like with blogs, it has its advantages and disadvantages. Richardson points out that it is quick and easy to record and publish your thoughts. However, that speed could be to the detriment of thoughtful consideration. Do you really want to address the topic that way? Once that thought is published, there really is no way to remove it (the internet never forgets).
With both blogs and multimedia tools (podcasting, video streaming), I think it is important to stress to students the importance of being thoughtful of what they are putting out there. Is what you wrote/recorded what you really want to say? Is there anything that needs to be clarified? Students should be encouraged to put just as much thought into their postings as they would in a traditional essay or class speech.