Changes to ProjectsByJen

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
Etc.

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.

You can find an archive of projects by clicking HERE!

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!

Thank you
Jennifer

PS:
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)
Thank you

15 comments

  1. Teesha Barry says:

    Let me know how I can help!

  2. Karen Richau says:

    Jennifer, you have done an amazing job with every project you brought us. Thank you so very much for hosting all these years. I truly appreciate your hard work.

  3. Pamela Spann says:

    I think I have been with you through most of those projects. Thanks for introducing me to collaboration through technology. I wished I had learned enough of the particulars to help you.

  4. Peggy Cohen says:

    I LOVE your projects and look forward to continuing to participate during the next school year! Last year I only participated in the OREO project, but would love to be involved in all of them next year.
    Thank you so much for all you do! I would be willing to help, but I’m not sure how. I’m still pretty new at this.

  5. Lisa Mims says:

    Thank you Jen for the amazing work you have done! This was my 1st year with Marble Run Challenge and even though you are not hosting it, it will definitely be done in my classroom next year!:) Thank you again!

  6. Jackie says:

    Jen, We have so appreciated your hand at the helm. It has been an inspiration. I would really like to chat with you about continuing the Marble Run project which was a huge hit at my schools. I’d like to find out how to support that project in the future. Thanks for all that you’ve done to inspire teachers to connect.

    • Jennifer says:

      Let’s talk about you taking over the marble run — or finding someone to co-host it.
      It truly is NOT that hard….and since it is a google doc of info — I can share that easily with you.
      Jen

  7. Linda Ann Marrero says:

    Thank you for all the incredible and fun projects. My students and I have enjoyed participating and I have witnessed students bond through the teamwork on these projects. I am happy to see that my favorites will continue. I will miss the Lucky Charms but I understand that it has to be hard to keep up with it all. God bless and here’s to a continuation of the awesome projects.

  8. Catherine Davis says:

    Jen,
    You are an inspiration. Thank you for your work and support of teachers and students around the world! Looking forward to the next iteration!

  9. Jennifer! My students, teachers and I have been fortunate & blessed to have been a participant in your projects since just about the beginning! I remember Technospuds! You have touched so many teachers and students over the years and allowed them to reach outside the classroom walls participating in projects that focus on curriculum goals and are fun at the same time! I enjoy introducing ProjectsByJen to teachers at conferences such as ISTE & METC, as well as, various edcamps I attend each year and Twitter chats I participate in. I always explain that YOU provide a “gateway” to reaching out and connecting with other classrooms because your projects are so well organized and thoughtout.

    Thank you for providing these amazing learning opportunities for teachers and students! You are an Edu-Rockstar!

  10. Stephanie says:

    Simplify is always a good mantra and I’m so glad you’re still promoting OREO! My classes have always had a blast.

  11. Linda Bornschein says:

    Jen, you gave me such inspiration this year when I first tried your projects. I learned about you at EdCamp in Long Island, NY. I tried the holiday card exchange and my students and I loved it! We also participated in the Marble Run designs- it was the hit of our STEAM fair this year and even though it’s not on your continued list, it is for me. I look forward to seeing what else we can do!

  12. Lisa Gatewood says:

    Thank you for all you do to bring your passion for education to students and teachers! You have touched millions! You deserve an Academy Award for teachers…red carpet and all!

  13. Cathy Taft says:

    Dear Jen!
    I think i have been with you since the beginning, too! I love your work and am inspired by your ability to do so much…be an awesome teacher, coordinate all these projects, inspire other teachers, and do who knows what in your own life. I am so happy that you are keeping the OREO. I love that one the best. Thanks for continuing to inspire me . Because of you I strive to be a better teacher every day! You are amazing.
    -Cathy

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