Educational Technology

June 25, 2010

New Mac Minis: Apple TV or new classroom tool?

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

By Christopher Dawson, ZD New Education

The base model, with academic discount, is $649. A keyboard and mouse will run you another $98 (no, that’s not a misprint). You can, of course, use any USB keyboard and mouse instead and this always struck me as a fine idea. After all, how many keyboards and mice do you have sitting in a closet somewhere? However, it would seem that $650 should buy me a keyboard. I could envision some educational applications for this, though, despite the price. The first comes at an even higher price. For around $1000, you can get a Mac Mini configured with Snow Leopard Server and 1TB of storage. In smaller settings, all of the podcast-creating, wiki-hosting, workgroup-managing goodness of OS Server can sit on a small corner of your desk for the low, low price of $949 academic. It’s not as scalable as their XServe solutions, but the XServes are complete overkill for many smaller applications.

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