Dr Jo Bird

Lecturer, Early Childhood Education - School of Education; Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education

Jo Bird

Phone: +61 2 6773 5802

Email: jo.bird@une.edu.au

Biography

Jo is a member of the Early Childhood Education team within the School of Education.

Qualifications

PhD, UNE
Master of Philosophy
Diploma of Community Services (Child Care)
Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies (BECs)

Memberships

Early Childhood Australia
International Play Association
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) (Special Interest Group [SIG] Co-Convenor)
Teacher Learning Network (TLN)

Research Interests

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.

Publications

Theses

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.

Peer-reviewed Publications

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.

Practitioner Articles

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