In Kevin Pashuk’s post Why Your School Needs a Sandbox, the CIO argues that creating a sandbox reinforced education innovation and creates a mechanism for executing experiments that people want to try, and that the academic administration thinks might be successful.
The model is a good one. I think what is more important than the sandbox in this article, is the idea that workloads were shifted to permit regular time for professional development and technology training. Rather than, as most schools do, trying to shove professional development into a small window, or scatter it among many open windows. Pashuk and his team did a very smart thing: they created a new window.
Read the entire post in the link above.