Dr Jo Bird

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

Jo Bird

Phone: +61 2 6773 5802

Email: jo.bird@une.edu.au


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)

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.



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. (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.

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/resources/Journals/DLTV%20Journal%201_2%20(1)%20(1).pdf

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.


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)