I started hosting Projects by Jen — at that time “technospud” — in 1999. It all began with a cookie — the oreo cookie — and 17 years later…I am still hosting that project….however now at projectsbyjen.com.
Since 1999, I have hosted over 50 different projects.
St. Patrick’s — we sort Lucky Charms
Pumpkin Seed — we count Pumpkin seeds
Holiday Card — we create and share themed holiday cards
From Me to you — we created and shared valentine’s day cards
Picture It — all classes create one section of a collaborative piece of artwork
O.R.E.O. – we stack cookies to reinforce math skills
I have hosted projects for important historical events:
Gettysburg Address Anniversary, Lewis and Clark bicentennial, Wright Brothers 100th year celebration, National Parks birthday, etc.
I have hosted projects to assist with the aftermath of tragedies:
We collected school supplies for teachers affected by Katrina, We wrote letters of support for teachers who taught at Sandy Hook….and more.
I hosted STEM projects before STEM was STEM or STEAM or STREAM or SCREAM. 🙂
And I have met some EXTREMELY AMAZING TEACHERS who wanted to open the doors of their classrooms and let my ideas in.
I was touched — I was a bit surprised — I was grateful.
Since 1999, ProjectsByJen has gone through several changes — website design, name change (Technospud, Jenuinetech, ProjectsByJen) and we tried some things that worked and some that did not. (so sorry that Ning started to charge) We had some very well-populated projects and some with just a handful of teachers — learned a lot/shared a lot regardless.
And in 2017/2018, ProjectsByJen will be changing again.
No worries — PBJ is not going away — NOR am I going to start charging for projects! PBJ will always be offered freely to teachers.
But, I am going to slim down a bit to 4 projects per year.
We will be keeping O.R.E.O. and HOLIDAY CARD PROJECT and PICTURE IT — those will not be going away. Plus, I will be working on one NEW project idea that will be announced this summer.
By slimming down to just 4 projects — I hope to build these 4 up to become even better than they are now. Lesson Plans, Online Opportunities, Video Chats, etc.
It has been my JOY to host projects.
It has been my PRIVILEGE to host projects.
It has brought me HAPPINESS to know that after 18 years, they are still making a difference.
I look forward to working with you again this fall.
Registration for O.R.E.O. will begin in July.
Registration for Holiday Card will begin in November.
Registration for Picture It will begin in February.
Registration for ????? will be announced soon!
Right now, I am currently looking for someone who would be willing to head up St. Patrick’s Day and Pumpkin Seed. They need to have a heart for projects and be willing to host these projects freely. If this might be you — please email me at gmail (projectsbyjen)