DIY iPad Stand

This is an easy to make iPad stand that costs less than $10 and is adjustable (sort of). The idea of the DIY iPad stand came to me from the incredible Fran Hegge, who shared a Pinterest pin with me (no longer available) that was simply a photo of an iPad stand made from PVC pipe. I thought it would be a good idea to recreate it in our MakerSpace and share the design specs.

Shopping list:

  • 1 inch PCV pipe (~9 feet/3 meters)
  • 8 elbow connectors
  • 4 T connectors
  • Saw or pipe cutter (the pipe cutter below is quick & easy to use)
  • PVC glue


Start by cutting all of your PVC. You will need the following lengths:

  • 2 – 78 cm (31″)
  • 2 – 40 cm (16″)
  • 4 – 14 cm (5.5″)
  • 4 – 4 cm (1.6″)

Assemble upper rectangle (without glue) using 4 elbows, 2 78 cm, 2 Ts, & 4 4 cm pieces.


Assemble both legs (without glue)


Your finished stand should look something like the one below. I recommend not glueing it together until you have tested out the height. After using the stand a few times you might want to glue the upper rectangle and the base part of the legs. If this is all you glue together you can interchange different sized legs, depending on the height needed for the project you are doing.

Below are students making storytelling movies, Common Craft style.



Distributive Leadership - ELC 2017

I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to present with Julie Olson & Azra Pathan, our ISKL elementary school principal and vice principal.

All links are accessible from within the presentation.

Image Credit:


Promoting Your Programs


Copy the Planning Document

Links from Presentation (in order presented):

Crafting an Elevator Pitch

Michael Werner

Teach With Video

Start With Why

Innovation Adoption Curve

Lessons Learned – Kim Cofino

The FishBowl


Logos by Faisale

How to Create Brand Names That Stick

7 Tips to Create a Memorable Slogan

Slogan Maker


The FishBowl Promo Gallery

Reservoir EdTech



Google Drawings - EdTech Team Summit Kuala Lumpur

See how easy it is to create diagrams, icons, and works of art using Google Drawings.

This presentation is based on a presentation I created for The Den.

Green Screen Movie Making

I’m currently teaching “Tech Zone” in the summer program, and it gives me the opportunity to experiment with different tech tools. One of my favorites, that the children love is the Green Screen app by DoInk. It is $2.99 and worth every penny. Below are the short movies first graders made this week. It is really simple to use and you can create some great movies.

Interactive Maps

Google My Maps is a great tool for learning. Last year super teacher Karen Leese & I created a mapping assignment that helped her grade 4 students demonstrate competency in a several of the social studies standards, as they learned about Malaysia and a variety of its characteristics.

The map making instructions include a link to the regions of Malaysia handout and rubric. Karen’s class did a wonderful job on their maps, and she has collected them on the Padlet below.

Made with Padlet



Expanding Your Influence - GELS 2017

I’m very excited to be speaking at the first Global edLeadership Summit (GeLS) in Bangkok. My topic is “Expanding Your Influence,” in the context of building or growing on campus programs.

Session Resources:
(in the order discussed)

Teach With Video

Michael Werner

Start With Why

Kim Cofino’s advice to new tech facilitators

Sticky Brand Names

Get your logo from Faisale!

The Den

Technology Adoption Curve

The FishBowl

The FishBowl Promo Gallery

The Den Promo Gallery

Billy Cox


Effective Professional Development

Apple Leadership Summit

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
March 31, 2017

21CLHK Pre-Conference: A Professional Development Program for Your School

Cross posted at The FishBowl Blog

Thursday March 9, 2017 09:00 – 16:00
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Steve Katz & Ben Summerton

How can we make professional learning more contextual, more personalized, and more connected to student learning?

Session Resources

In order of use during session:

  1. The FishBowl Narrative
  2. Groups At Work
  3. Form for Draft Plan
  4. Professional Development Proposal Template (Blank)
  5. autoCrat Google Sheets Add-On
  6. Professional Learning Puzzle
  7. How To Use Google Drawings
  8. The One Thing
  9. Start With Why
  10. Force Field Analysis
  11. ISKL Pitch
  12. #FishBowlPD on FlipboardFacebookTwitter, & Slack
  13. Graduate Credit
  15. Favorite logo creator: faisale
On Twitter


EduTech Poster

I created this poster for our EduTech team, with Suji, Max & myself. The idea was inspired by Ben Summerton‘s legendary KIS EdTech Team posters, like the one I’ve included at the end of this post.

This particular idea was obviously inspired by the psychedelic rock posters from the ’60s. Included in the poster is a tip of the hat to the magic of Jerry Garcia & Janis Joplin.

I am forever grateful for the tutorials I used to create the poster. You can really learn to do just about anything on YouTube.