This article is based on aproject aimed at generating practicalsuggestions based on research findings abouthow new technologies might be used to enhanceL1 literacy attainment in disadvantagedsettings. The project involved designing,implementing and researching an innovativeapproach to curriculum and pedagogy using newdigital technologies in language and literacyeducation within classroom settings involvingsmall groups of ''disadvantaged'' learners. Thepaper reports activity and findings from one offour study sites. It focuses on four Grade 9boys seen by their teachers as troublemakersand at risk of failing in English. Theresearchers draw on current conceptual andtheoretical work associated with the emergenceof an Attention Economy theory to design acollaborative activity around constructing awebsite, and to identify and analyse positiveliteracy learning outcomes associated with thepedagogical approach taken. The authors showhow this new perspective on attention informs acritique of conventional approaches to schoolorganization and classroom learning, and how itcan be used to envisage alternative approachesto understanding and teaching students whodisplay literacy learning difficulties atschool.
This article identifies a range of changes associated with intensified digitization of daily life that require us to rethink what it means for people to know things and what kinds of things it may be most important to know. In short, we need digital epistemologies. The argument focuses on four key dimensions of change that have epistemological significance. These are 'changes in the world to be known', 'changes in conceptions of knowledge and processes of coming to know things', 'changes in the nature of knowers,' and 'changes in the relative significance of different modes of knowing.' Concrete everyday examples are provided for each dimension of change. On the basis of these examples and the arguments constructed around them it is concluded that conventional epistemology faces serious challenges. These challenges in turn have far-reaching implications for contemporary educational practice and educational research.