James M. Gonzales
James Gonzales, born in West Virginia in 1963, was youngest of four children. James grew up living in small towns along the banks of the Ohio River, and has lived in West Virginia most of his life. He was an active volunteer for four years as a Junior Volunteer Fireman, acting as Junior Fire Chief for two of those years.
At age of 16 James enlisted in the U.S. Army and worked for three years as a Military Teletype Operator. This is where his passion for communication technology began. Being enthralled by the ability to operate one of the first portable computers, with the ability to communicate across the world.
After being discharged from the military James spent years working in the construction and manufacturing industries doing welding, carpentry, and metal fabrication before becoming disabled due to severe Crohn’s Disease in 1998. Doctors and the Courts declared him fully disabled, preventing him from working further. This devastated his lifestyle and situation in so many aspects.
James quickly became fluent in computer building and repair during the time of the Computer Power Wars. An avid gamer and computer lover, James began experimenting with over-clocking. (When one programs the settings speed of the computer close to the breaking point to make it run faster). He soon taught friends and family members to use computers, and loved helping those around him understand the beauty within the technology.
.In 2008, in an effort to fix years of financial despair, James attempted to return to the Education system. Rather than being helped, he was informed that he was too sick to be given any financial assistance. Undeterred, James returned the following year only to be turned away again. He persisted in his efforts still, and in 2011 he looked to other options. He went directly to the local Community College to see if t they would help, and was attending classes that summer at Fairmont State University.
While always interested in technology and the positive impact it could have on education, James, was surprised to find that there was very little technology being used in schools today. His curiosity was piqued while working on a project for his writing course at the University. During research for the project he discovered that there were very few resources, other than blogs and reviews by the product companies, for teachers or people to find and understand how to use the tools and technologies that can be used in education.
James enrolled in a Technical Writing course fall of 2012. His studies required writing a resume. Discouragement grew while trying to write about his experiences and on the past years of being disabled. Luckily speaking with his professor about these issues he decided to continue. Then his passion for computers and technology kicked in once again. This was when he wrote Technology in the Classroom: Where Is It? This was the first conceived idea and building block for the edutech-kit.com web site.
During the Gaming Revolution and the Computer Power Wars, James and his peers used the Internet as a tool to join the ideas of many people into one easily accessible package. Thinking back to his experiences he thought, what if I built a site which would offer members High Technology Tools, Specially designed so all members can understand and customize the tools of their choice. Build it into a Community site where members translate the “New Technology language” into simple English or whatever language the member prefers. Eureka! What if teachers and students had these tools and what if the same strategy was used for ordinary people and in our educational system? This idea could do wonders for people around the world and give all a chance to discover their computers are learning machines.
“This is why I decided to build edutech-kit.com, a Community placing the products on the stage to learn new techniques for the products they own. Also to find the latest educational tools, and discover new ways that technology can assist them in the classroom.” Thank you for taking the time to read my story. Stay in touch, there are more chapters coming!
– James M. Gonzales.