Gabe Zichermann gave an excellent short presentation at TEDxKids@Brussels on June 1st introducing the concept of, and his theories for some of the science behind gamification.
TEDxKids@Brussels took 48 kids, all of them born in 2000, and turned them into “maker kids” for the day geting their hands dirty, soldering, tinkering, hacking and composing. A series of hands-on workshopsd introduce the kids to a range of skills and methods. At the same time 400 adults were treated to an all day program of leading thinkers, experts and makers.
The future aims of primary education could be a rich mix of learning by doing, hacking the physical world and taking direct control of the technologies around us. Kids could use this knowledge to be more connected to each other and the wider world. TEDxKids@Brussels was all about wanting to give them the tools to directly influence the physical and social ecosphere in the hope that this creates freedom and empowerment for the future.