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Computer Mediated Communication and Scaffolding Toward New Literacy in Preservice Teacher Education Courses

The efforts of educators to reduce the digital disconnect that exists between schools and pervasive digital communications and media present problems in developing New Literacies for all involved. Participation gaps among students add a social justice dimension to this work. This paper suggests a typology of scaffolding for language development in preservice teacher education courses incorporating computer-mediated communication (CMC) for pedagogical purposes that are applicable to other contexts. Scaffolding can help develop beginning teachers' digital literacy skills and reduce the participation gap that threatens to create a cultural divide between educators and their increasingly "wired" students. Practical suggestions and lessons learned are included.
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