Tooled Up Education

Researcher of the Month: Professor Beatriz Ilari Discusses the Impact of Music on Young People’s Development

Researcher of the month, Professor Beatriz Ilari chats to us about how music has a wide-ranging impact on young people’s social and emotional development. We might assume that being ‘musical’ means playing an instrument, but Professor Ilari stresses the importance of everyday musical experiences and simply of listening to and engaging with our favourite bands or songs. In this interview, we find out more about her fascinating work.

Paintings Every Family Should See and Know About

In this webinar, Laurence Hedges, Director of Art at Harrow School, will talk us through some of the ‘must see’ paintings of all time, that perhaps we can add to our viewing ‘bucket lists’ as families. More importantly, he will give us some wonderful ideas and clues as to how we can approach looking at art and, more broadly, how to promote art appreciation in children and young people.

Dr Christie Talks with Dr Marina Bazhydai: Probing the Space of the Possible – Children’s Curiosity, Wonder and Creativity

In this interview, we talk with Dr Marina Bazhydai, Director of the Active Learning Lab (ALL) at Lancaster University, about nurturing children’s sense of curiosity, wonder and creativity. We learn about her innovative and fascinating work which investigates active exploration and curiosity in very young children, find out more about the links between creativity and emotional literacy and discover how she is seeking to pinpoint the elusive concept of wonder. This is a great listen if you are keen to learn how to cultivate curiosity and innovative thinking in your child (or the children in your care).

Autism Conference Talk: An Autistic Composer Shares How Autism Shaped His Musical Career

Join Benji Merrison as he shares the ways in which autism helped to shape his successful career as an Emmy-nominated composer (for his work on the David Attenborough documentaries Green Planet and Dynasties). Listen for an uplifting perspective on autism as an essential component of some of the most beautiful things humans have created! Music in turn gave Benji the emotional-regulation his undiagnosed younger self needed.

30 Calming Drawing Ideas

Many people, young and old, find drawing, painting or being creative to be calming and soothing activities. We’ve teamed up with mindful drawing teacher, Fiona Meakin, to get her top drawing ideas for moments where you or your children need some calm (or simply when it’s a rainy day).

James Bond Quiz

Dr Ian Kinane, senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Roehampton and founding editor of the International Journal of James Bond Studies, tests our knowledge on 007. A fun quiz for any Bond aficionado, this is a great game for the family. How many questions can you answer correctly?

Five Things You Need to Know Before Seeing ‘No Time to Die’

Our contribution to Bondmania! We asked Dr Ian Kinane, senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Roehampton and founding editor of the International Journal of James Bond Studies, to give us five fun facts about 007’s latest offering.