With lots of word processing, calculation, and Web research tools available for OS X, your Mac is terrific at helping you do your homework. Now, with Schoolhouse 2.1, you can use your Mac to manage your homework, too. The software uses a three-panel interface that will be familiar to anyone who has used iTunes. Smart notebooks let you filter assignments by specific criteria—for example, by due date, priority, or course name. Schoolhouse also tracks assignments, tasks, and class notes; reminds you when papers are due; calculates and graphs grades; and even lets you publish assignments online, via a Classcasting feature that works with .Mac, FTP, SFTP, and WebDAV services. You can also use Schoolhouse to track e-mail requests to your instructo
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