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Dr Jo is a sought-after keynote speaker on how technology is changing the ways children learn, play, communicate, the relationships they form, and how they understand their world.

She advocates that technology use is generational and individualised; children use technology differently to adults and we can only understand the digital choices children make by going to the source and asking kids. 

Dr Jo uses her cutting-edge research and observations with children (1-18 years) to provide insight into the digital lives of kids. Joanne has a great sense of humour and audiences find real meaning in her passion and insight into why children and adults use technology in the ways they do. Joanne takes a practical approach to real-time issues, and provides immediate and long-term implications and strategies for health, families, education, technology industry, and Government policy and practice.


Recent talks include

  • How fake news, lies and misinformation online is influencing our everyday decision-making

  • Children’s uses of Artificial Learning and the implications for school learning

  • How to find the family technology balance

  • Keeping children of all ages safe online

  • Memes, selfies, online addiction: How young people understand their technology use

  • Help your child flourish in the digital age

  • Video gaming, social media, and sexual content.
Best approaches to guiding balanced, heathy and safe behaviour.

  • How very young children use technology and the implications for early childhood education.  

  • Privacy: Smart strategies for keeping your personal information safe online

  • Video Game Addiction

  • Digital Leadership:  De-mystifying digital transformation in education

  • Social media, new risks, and changes to make to keep safe now

Recent testimonials

"Jo was a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker who bought fantastic energy to our conference last month. Jo's presentation topic of De-mystifying 'digital transformation' for educational leaders tackled many of the key challenges being faced by education leadership in the Middle East when it comes to technology adoption and implementation. Jo combined theory and practice to fully engage the delegates and I loved the way that she included accessible tools and tips which could be taken back and applied across many educational settings in the MEA region. Jo was an absolute delight to work with from beginning to end and I hope we can work together again in the future"  (May, 2019)

Liz Rankin, Content Producer - Bett Middle East and Africa, Transforming Education.

At Ipswich Libraries' Parenting Digital Children program recently, Dr Joanne Orlando presented a practical, informative and highly relevant session to parents, providing them with achievable and valuable tips to find a family/technology balance. Her knowledge in this area is amazing and feedback received highlighted how relevant the presentation was to attendees' own situations. Joanne was excellent to work with and made planning the event a smooth and easy process. She was friendly and professional and shared her knowledge to our community members in a warm, relaxed manner. A great speaker.” (February, 2019)

Sue Cicolini | Library Public Program Team Leader


Industry support

Dr Jo specialises in working with the following industries




Dr Jo works extensively with the Education, Technology, Health industry and Government as an expert advisor, researcher, policy advisor, writer, on-camera presenter, and workshop facilitator. Joanne works closely with key multi-national industry including Apple and Norton.


Recent projects include

  • Script writer and presenter for infomercial on how artificial intelligence can support the independence of young people with cognitive disabilities

  • Development of resources for the Federal Government to assist parents with guiding their children’s technology use

  • Researcher and advisor to esport association  

  • Designing and presenting a national professional learning program for early childhood teachers on quality learning with technology

  • Evaluating the educational uses of technology within an overseas university

  • Developing a school online education program on Digital Wellbeing, for senior secondary students and parents

  • Developing and facilitating a Digital Leadership program for senior executives in Education in United Arab Emirates



Brand campaigns

Work with Dr Jo to promote healthy approaches to technology

Dr Jo works closely with selected brands to promote healthy approaches to technology use. For example, Dr Jo was the feature of Norton’s ‘Raising Digital Natives’, marketing campaign. This social experiment focused on a family struggling with screen time stress which had led to a severe lack of family time and rising tension.  Dr Jo created a series of social interventions to alleviate the family’s technology issues. The campaign followed the families progress via in-home video which featured the ongoing support from Joanne and the family’s progress. Dr Jo also provided a series of tips and support videos to help other Aussie families.


Work with Dr Jo

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