Tech Tips – The Last One

This week, I want to tell you about cvmaker ( Remember Resume Builder? It’s like that but on steroids. The best part? You don’t have to use any workarounds to remove advertisements from your résumé. Great, huh? This week, I wanted to tell you about CCleaner ( It’s a great program that runs on both Windows and Mac. What it does is scan through the files on your computer and it helps you clean out the unnecessary ones so your computer runs a little more Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Business Cards

While at my COS conference this past week, it came up that it might be a good idea to get business cards to pass out to your Ukrainian friends before you leave. This tip may apply more to groups 39 and 40, but I bet it’s never too early to be ready. There are hundreds of great online business card print websites out there. Some are better than others and some offer a great template that you absolutely love. Some websites have features where you Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Duolingo

During training, a line from the great Dos Equis advertisements played over and over in my head, “He speaks French, in Russian.” I had studied French in high school and college and every time I wanted to speak in a foreign language, I’d speak in French when I should have spoken Russian. My LCF hated it. But now that it’s been two years since training began, I think it’s time I can start studying French again. I’ve come across a great website which teaches you Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Subtitles

School is back and it’s time to ask yourself, what kind of teacher are you going to be this year? Will you be the nice teacher that gives nothing but 12s and encouragement or will you scare your students into learning and being ready for class? Better yet, will you take the Cameron Diaz approach in Bad Teacher and just show movies to your students? If you do the latter, you’ll want to have an explanation for when another English teacher or the director finds Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Olympic Streams

Now that I’m done with camps, you shouldn’t have to see anything about snipping portions of your screen again. I promise. Anyway, did anyone know that the Olympics are in London this year? Yeah, I know. But how can we waste away our summers watching runners and discus throwers? If you’re like me, you don’t have a TV. Fear not, the internet comes through again. If you want to enjoy some Olympic games now and then, maybe while you enjoy your morning coffee, just follow Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Screen Captures

Have you ever tried to explain to someone how to do something on their computer when you’re not near them, but they just don’t seem to understand your directions? Do you ever want to share a small part of what you see on your screen but don’t know how? Fear not, there is a way. A couple of ways, actually. You may have known you can use the PrtSc (Print Screen) button on your keyboard to snap an image of your screen and save it Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Absentee Ballot

In the spirit of this past week’s America Birthday Celebration, I’ve decided to write-up a tech tip that will help you be as patriotic as can be. This we we’re going to learn how to register to vote via absentee ballot. (Keep in mind, I’m writing these directions for my home state of Wisconsin and your directions might vary.) Step 1: Go to and choose the state you last lived in before Peace Corps. Step 2: Choose “Register to vote and/or request ballot”. Click Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Go Outside

I used to have this problem with my computer overheating. I’d let it run too long on hot summer days and it wouldn’t be in a well-ventilated place. It would just shut itself off, regardless of what I was doing. Talk about frustrating. Does your computer overheat? Are you worried that it might? This week’s tech tip offers a surefire solution to keep your computer from overheating. Turn off your computer once in a while and go outside to enjoy the beautiful Ukrainian summer. Have Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Pinger Textfree

Do you text a lot? Do you not want to sign up for a Google account just to use Google Voice? Well Jeramie Heflin sent me a great website that will give you a US phone number to use solely for sending and receiving text messages. The website is Signing up is easy. All you need to do is choose a username, your password, and an email account to link it to. After that, enter the security code and continue to the number-choosing page. Continue reading →

Tech Tips – Schedule Emails

Last week we learned how to let people know that you’ll be vacationing in some tropical paradise while they’re working. This week we’ll answer the questions, how do I send an email even if I’m not at my computer. For years, I’ve wished Gmail had a ‘send later’ option so I could schedule a time for the message to be sent. Thanks to Katherine Axelsen, I now have the feature because she pointed me towards a great little plug-in for Gmail. The plug-in is called Continue reading →