Apple announced the release of Leopard, the new version of the Mac OS, this week.
What hasn’t got so much attention is ‘Leopard Server’ which has two features that make it particularly appealing as an educational tool.
The first is ‘iCal server’ (above) which seems a simple way to handle room and equipment bookings in a transparent way – anyone with iCal or a standards-based calendar program could see when that data projector was being used, for example, and by whom.
But here’s the potential killer: a Wiki server.
Most wikis suffer because they look awful and are really tricky to edit, but Apple’s solution looks like it has great WYSIWYG editing tools. The potential for collaborative research sites, student writing/research and VLEs is massive – I can see this being much better than systems like Blackboard, for example.
Worth checking out if you’re into that sort of stuff.