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The End Of An Era

Date:  December 1999
O.R.E.O. Project began……
My first online project!!


After attending the Classroom Connect Conference, I wandered into the world of hosting online projects.   Starting with 1 project a year, eventually 2, for a few years 6, and then back to 2 to 4.

I have met wonderful teachers……truly!
I have heard of wonderful classroom experiences.
I have had the opportunity to connect several teachers together and watch them flourish new ideas and opportunities as a team.
I have had 2 letters from students who participated in my projects who are now teachers hosting the projects with their own students.
I have won several awards for my ideas.
I have been able to share at many conferences around North America to share about the power of online projects!
I have encouraged several teachers to HOST their OWN projects and seen their success!!!
It has been a very nice 20 years.

But — it will be coming to an end this December 2019.

The Holiday Card Project 2019 will be my last project with ProjectsByJen.

It has been a good run — but with my current health situation — you can read more here: — I’m going to step away for a bit and take care of me.

I’m going to be letting the projectsbyjen website go this spring —
so please bookmark — — so that we can keep in touch.

As I know more — who knows, I might even start planning new ways that teachers can collaborate and connect…… and if you want notification about that — you can join my remind group at:

It has been my joy to work with you — and your students.
It has been my joy to connect with you — and help you in your classroom.
It has been my joy to have met so many of you face to fact — and also to have felt a kindred spirit though many of us have not met.

Keep being the great teachers you are —
Keep looking for ways to connect!

Thank you for trusting me in your classroom.

Holiday Card Registration begins this November!

Hope to see you involved.


PS:  I will be moving my blog to — see you there!
If you wish to comment — you can there!   THANK YOU


Project Idea……… The End

I love to read.  To be honest “love” is an understatement……

I adore reading……
There is always a book in my purse, a book on my ipad, a book in my bathroom, a book next to my bed, a book in my car…….etc etc.

Books are my friends!

And I LOVE great last lines.

One of my favorite last lines is from “Charlotte’s Web” by E B White:

charlotteAnd another favorite is from “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee:


So, I am hosting a project…..where I am inviting YOU to share the last line from a favorite book (or perhaps just a book you enjoyed!) — and invite your students to share their favorite “last lines” as well.

If you could take a picture of the last page of the book and email it to me…that would be great as well.  I will be posting them to my pinterest board.

You can POST your last lines here!

Thank you for being a part of this project – I will be posting the results here!

Enjoy Reading!



The Last Project of 2012/2013

It has been a wonderful school year of hosting projects

and this last project has become truly memorable and great fun!

The Picture It project debuted last year with a salute to Monet and this year I decided to host the same project and salute Mondrian!

The premise of the project is to group classrooms together that will collaborate to create 1 unique piece of artwork — the original artwork has has been divided into 24 sections — each classroom responsible for 1 section each!

We ended up with 192 classrooms joining in the fun!

We had a few hiccups with printers NOT printing the pdf images the same size (hence we now know about “scaling” with PDFs.)
We had a few hiccups with teachers addresses being incorrect (but fixed that quickly by sharing lists out by Google Docs and giving teachers the ability to edit! — keeper tool!)
We had a few hiccups with “micromanaging” but then watched as teachers stepped back to allow student creativity — and saw ideas BLOOM!
We had a puzzle placement issue that was 100% my fault with switching 2 sections – but students/teachers overcame!!

Sections do NOT need to be mailed out until May 9 — but I am already receiving pictures back from growing boards.




and teachers are sharing ideas….

Such as adding Post-it notes to show where the sections will be sent from:

number3and one of my favorites — coloring the map (to indicate where sections will be sent from) in Mondrian colors:

number4I am soooo pleased with this project and all the opportunities it allows for teachers/classrooms to connect, collaborate, and create.

Such a FUN PROJECT to end the 2012/2013 school year with.

And if you wish to see more images — please visit the pinterest page at:



Who Would Have Thought?

I have been hemming and hawing about posting this blog post — because it could be perceived as being 100% boast boast boast — and that makes me cringe — yet, there is an importance of acknowledging accomplishment — so after 1 week of yes/no/yes/perhaps/okay/no — just push submit —  (grins) — here we go.

Backtrack to December 9, 1999:










To be honest — it took me about 3 minutes to write that email — without any thoughts ahead except just to see if I could collect information online, from a variety of areas.

Jump ahead to February 26, 2013 — Projects by Jen just had its 1,000,000 — that is ONE MILLION — participant in my projects.

Now, I know Know KNOW that 1,000,000 in this day of connectivity is a daily number for some — but for me — it has been a slow and steady climb…..persistence, creativity, frustration (at times), joy, and most of all creative learning!

Over the last 13+ years there have been some steady projects:
O.R.E.O. will be in its 15th year this September
St. Patrick’s Day Project is celebrating #10 this year!

There have been some MEMORABLE projects!
Words will never be able to express the joy of hosting DC Ducks!
Receiving over 900 Holiday Cards at work!!
Learning so so much about Lewis & Clark for the Shoeless & Bark project!

There has been a DISASTER too!
Smiles, the Starburst project kinda failed due to NOT checking the starburst packaging before hosting the project!

It has been my supreme joy to host simple ideas for teachers to use within their classrooms to include fun and creativity in their lesson plans.

~~When sending the email out in 1999, I had no idea that 14 years later I would still be hosting projects (6+ a year — STILL FREE — new ideas each year)
~~When sending the email out in 1999, I had no idea that PBJ would have a banner year in 2006 and win 5 awards for creativity!!
~~When sending the email out in 1999, I had no idea that I would make so MANY good friends (great educators) that have trusted my simple ideas with their students!

As I type this post — there is a nagging thought of …. I need to do more!!   I need to expand Projects By Jen to be more than just stacking cookies or counting cereal — I do not mean something that people have to pay for, or something that gives you a badge (etc) — but something more…. However, I am still mulling over what exactly that is.

Projects By Jen has evolved from Technospud to Jenuinetech to ProjectsByJen — and though I am totally happy with the name now — we will be evolving soon.  Perhaps just a new webpage look — definitely more in-depth projects — and as always, finding more and more ways for teachers to connect WITH other teachers.

But for now — this moment, this past week — I am, in a way, patting myself on the back saying “good job, Jen” —

But more than that — I am screaming THANK YOU — as loud as I can — to all the educators and students who joined a project hosted by jen………….

it means a lot — very very much!

It has been my pleasure to help you!!