Why the Sandbox?

Sand box

Sociology: the systematic study of the relationship between individuals and society.

  • in computing, an online environment in which new code can be safely tested
  • in video gaming, a genre featuring open-ended, nonlinear play
  • in playgrounds, a simple space in which to engage in imaginative play

I tried to choose a name for this blog that reflects my goals.  I’m hoping to use this space to “play” with ideas and to test new thoughts related to my work in sociology, education, and the use of technology in teaching.  Serious play, perhaps, but by making this a “playful” space, I deliberately want to give myself permission to write about ideas still in formation and articulate positions that are still provisional.


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