Occasionally, special needs pop up when we least expect them, and we look for innovative yet cost-effective ways to solve these problems. iPods frequently save the day!

Take Sandra Godwin's Sociology class for instance. Godwin's students had an opportunity to interview local school children for a class project. Some had tape recorders, but most didn't. She put out a call for loaner tape recorders and DTS (the Division of Technology Solutions) responded. We borrowed some iTalk microphones from another project, and outfitted with 5 iPods and iTalk microphones, Godwin's students conducted their interviews in 3 days. The interviews were uploaded to our podcast server where the interviewers could download them to their iTunes library for transcribing, listening and sharing!