Dr Joanne Orlando

Dr Jack Parkin Profile Image ICSDr Joanne Orlando researches in the areas of technology, education, children, and digital culture. Joanne takes an informed and positive position to consider: the potential of technology to enhance learning, shifting knowledge in the digital era, understanding digital family life, the impact of digital on childhood.

A key feature of Joanne’s work is translating her research into economic, social and other benefits. To do this, she works closely with the key multinational technology industry, government, and health, education and recreation industries to improve policy/practice.

Joanne is a well-known public figure who leads national media debate regarding children’s digital lifestyle.


  • PhD, 2010, University of Technology Sydney
  • MoE, 2000, Western Sydney University
  • BoE, 1996, Australian Catholic University

Selected Publications

Orlando, J (in press), ‘Use of WhatsApp in Higher Education to provide student feedback, enhance reflection and learning’, in Encyclopaedia of Education and Information Technologies, Springer.

Orlando, J (in press), ‘Why young children are so good at using technology: the identification of child-techno matches in touch screen devices’, British Journal of Educational Technology.

Orlando, J, Hanham, J & Ullman, J 2018, ‘Exploring intentional use of a technological proxy, Turnitin, to enhance student academic literacy practices’, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 34, no. 4.

Ahmad, M, Mubin, O & Orlando, J 2017, ‘Adaptive social robot for sustaining social engagement during long-term children-robot interaction’, Interactional Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, vol. 33, no. 12, pp. 943-962.

Orlando, J & Attard, C 2016, ‘Digital natives come of age: the reality of today’s early career teachers using mobile devices to teach mathematics’, Mathematics Education Research Journal, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 107-121.

Ahmad, M, Mubin, O & Orlando, J 2016, ‘Effect of different adaptations by a robot on children's long-term engagement: an exploratory study’, Proceedings of ACE 2016: the 13th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, 9-12 November 2016, Osaka, Japan.

Power, A, Woodrow, C & Orlando, J 2016, Evaluation of early childhood schools and the Koori preschool program, project report, ACT Education and Training Directorate.

Orlando, J & Moustakim, M 2016, Evaluation of the mobile youth Van Claymore project in NSW, project report, Save the Children Australia.

Callow, J & Orlando, J 2015, ‘Enabling exemplary teaching: a framework of student engagement for students from low socio-economic backgrounds with implications for technology and literacy practices’, Pedagogies: An International Journal, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 349-371.

Orlando, J 2014, ‘Extending understandings of educational technology: what modes of criticality are teachers using in their technology practices and how might researchers work with them?’, in C Bigum, N Johnson & S Bulpin (eds), Critical perspectives on technology and education, Palgrave Macmillan, Chennai, pp. 51-68.

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