Prior to Summer 2013 we arranged for our staff to do some web-based learning. The staff was asked to watch at least four TED talks from a pre-screened list and submit a one page essay on how that TED talk relates to camp. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Now, TED conferences exist throughout the world, and compelling speakers talk about hundreds of topics and issues. It’s a forum for learning and conversation. The talks we chose were compelling to watch and also taught valuable concepts and skills that were beneficial to the work our staff did this summer. We got over 100 essays from our staff and the response to the videos was very positive.
We chose five winning essays that we felt did the best job relating the material in the different TED talks to camp. Four second-prize winners were chosen and they were awarded $100 each. Our first prize winner was awarded $500. All of the winners were announced in front of the staff and campers after Shabbat services on July 27th.
We wanted to share with you the winning essays, as well as all of the TED talks that our staff watched prior to the summer. Each week we will share with you one of our winning essays on our blog. Below are the winners and all of the TED talks our staff watched. Have your own response to one of the Ted talks? Send it to us!
Second Prize Winner: Hana Epstein (Counselor/Art Specialist)
Second Prize Winner: Brianna Kreditor (Counselor/Olim Fellow)
Second Prize Winner: Lior Haas (Media-Video Specialist)
Second Prize Winner: Reut Medalion(Counselor/Dance Specialist)
First Prize Winner: Julianne Schwartz (Counselor/Drama Specialist)