Dr Jo Bird
Lecturer, Early Childhood Education - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Education
Phone: +61 2 6773 5802
Jo is a member of the Early Childhood Education team within the School of Education.
Master of Philosophy
Diploma of Community Services (Child Care)
Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies (BECs)
Children’s use of digital technologies.
Play and play-based learning.
Using digital technologies to enhance educator’s program planning and observation recording.
Early childhood leadership.
Jo is interested in supervising doctoral and masters students in the areas of early childhood technology use, play and leadership.
Bird, J. (2018). “This is pretend. We are just playing.” Exploring young children’s imaginative play with, and educators’ provision of, digital technologies in play-based settings. (Doctor of Philosophy), University of New England, Armidale, Australia.
Bird, J. (2012). The rabbit ate the grass! Exploring children's activities on digital technologies in an early childhood classroom. (Master of Philosophy), Australian Catholic University, Melbourne.
Bird, J. (2019). “You need a phone and camera in your bag before you go out!”: Children’s play with imaginative technologies. British Journal of Educational Technology. doi:10.1111/bjet.12791
Scott, F., & Bird, J. (2019). Adults Researching Pre-Schoolers in More-Than-Human Contexts: Rethinking Ethnographer Roles in the Age of the Anthropocene. In V. Reyes, J. Charteris, A. Nye, & S. Mavropoulou (Eds.), Educational Research in the Age of Anthropocene (pp. 110-143). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Bird, J. (2019). How Children Engage with Provided Technologies in Early Childhood Settings. Digitising Early Childhood (pp. 156-172). Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Bird, J., Grono, S., & Schmude, M. (2018). ARTefacts: Managing children’s art portfolios. International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal, 2018(1), 1-13.
Bird, J. (2017). Children’s Responses to Working and Non-Working Technologies. In L. Arnott (Ed.), Digital Technologies and Learning in the Early Years (pp. 101-113). London, England: SAGE Publications.
Edwards, S., Nolan, A., Henderson, M., Skouteris, H., Mantilla, A., Lambert, P., & Bird, J. (2016). Developing a measure to understand young children’s Internet cognition and cyber-safety awareness: a pilot test. Early Years, 1-14. doi:10.1080/09575146.2016.1193723
Edwards, S., & Bird, J. (2015). Observing and assessing young children’s digital play in the early years: Using the Digital Play Framework. Journal of Early Childhood Research. doi:10.1177/1476718x15579746
Bird, J., & Edwards, S. (2014). Children learning to use technologies through play: A Digital Play Framework. British Journal of Educational Technology, doi: 10.1111/bjet.12191
Bird, J., Colliver, Y., & Edwards, S. (2014). The camera is not a methodology: towards a framework for understanding young children's use of video cameras. Early Child Development and Care, 184(11-12), 1741-1756. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2013.878711
Lee, S., McDonough, A., & Bird, J. (2014). Investigating 8 to 9 year-olds’ self-regulatory self-talk in the context of their classroom tasks. Early Childhood Development and Care, 184(11-12).
Edwards, S., Bone, J., & Bird, J. (2012). Integrating early childhood contexts and services: towards a handbook for understanding and implementing the EYLF. Final report to DEEWR. 15th February, 2012. Australian Catholic University: Melbourne.
Edwards, S., Bone, J., & Bird, J. (2011). Integrating early childhood contexts and services: towards a handbook for understanding and implementing the EYLF. Progress report to DEEWR. 15th December, 2011. Australian Catholic University: Melbourne, Australia.
Bird, J. (2015). When technology dominates. Teacher Learning Network Journal, 22(1), 25-26.
Edwards, S., & Bird, J. (2014). The Digital Play Framework: Helping Early Childhood Educators Integrate Technologies with Play-Based Learning. The Journal of Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria, 1(2), 54-56. https://dltv.vic.edu.au/publications/journals/journal-11
Bird, J. (2013). A world of digital possibilities. Every Child, 19(4), 14-15.
Bird, J. (2012). Digital technology, early childhood and feedback. Teacher Learning Network Journal, 19(3), 26-27.
Bird, J. (2011). The rabbit is eating the grass. Teacher Learning Network Journal, 18(1), 38-39.
Selected Conference Presentations
16/02/18 Australian Journal of Early Childhood (AJEC) Research Symposium: Combining theoretical concepts to explore technological agency in early childhood
16-17/01/18 University of New England HDR Conference, Armidale: Children’s imaginative play with provided technologies in early childhood settings
26-30/11/17 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference: Do Vygotskian concepts explain children’s play with technologies?
26-30/11/17 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference: Exploring educators' perceptions and future visions of technologies in early childhood settings
4/11/17 Armidale Family Day Care Mini Conference: Technologies with young children
15-18/04/17 Art in Early Childhood Conference, Bhutan: iPad created art
15-18/04/17 Art in Early Childhood Conference, Bhutan: Creating and documenting children’s technological art (workshop)
15-18/04/17 Art in Early Childhood Conference, Bhutan: Creating and documenting children’s technological art (paper)
11-14/09/17 Digitising Early Childhood Conference, Perth: Considering how children engage with provided technologies in early childhood settings
Raphael, R., Rogers, M., Donald, T., & Bird, J. (2018). Waiting for Daddy: Rose’s story (version 1.1) [Mobile Application Software]. Retrieved from Apple Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/roses-story/id1439753804?ls=1&mt=8
Early Childhood Australia
International Play Association
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) (Special Interest Group [SIG] Co-Convenor)
Teacher Learning Network (TLN)