About Nick…

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I guess you’re here to find out about Nick.  Nick Speller could be loosely described as an “educationalist” these days.

Ancient History…

He spent nine years as a Plant Breeder in Cambridge before re-training as a teacher in Oxford.

Becoming a Teacher…

 

He then spent eight years as a Primary School teacher, mainly teaching years 3 and 4.  This culminated with 2/3 of a year teaching ICT across the whole Primary age range (5-11 years) at a school in Witney and teaching a year 5/6 class.
Nick assisted Becta with research over this period.  He has also completed a “Best Practice Research” research project.  He was also an evaluator for new software for Schoolzone.

Moving out of the classroom…

In 2006 Nick was seconded to become a “Personalised Learning Consultant” for Oxfordshire County Council’s, Raising Achievement Service, ICT Team.
Here he became a member of Naace and a trained ICT Mark assessor.
Nick is also became a CEOP Ambassador, spreading e-safety education to teachers from Oxfordshire and the UK through classes held in Second Life in the evenings.
Nick went on to become a 360 Degree Safe Assessor in 2007.
In 2010 Nick became the Primary ICT Advisor for Oxfordshire before being made redundant in 2013 with the closure of the Curriculum ICT team.

Current work in and out of the classroom…

In 2013 Nick started as a Primary Computing Consultant with 123ICT with special responsibility for Online Safety and Curriculum Development.  Since 2013 Nick has supported around 100 Primary Schools in and around Oxfordshire for 123ICT.
In 2016 Nick started working earnestly on 123SOW which is due to launch in 2017!

Outside work…

Nick used to be addicted to Second Life (SL) where he resided as “Nic Byron” and a couple of other alts!  He would have loved to use SL with school children but the climate and rules were wrong for that.   Instead he is set up support groups and virtual meetings for Oxfordshire teachers in SL.
Nick was a convert to the FULL benefits of Twitter in 2008 after attending the ReLIVE08 conference at the Open University, Milton Keynes (UK).  He is now occasionally immersed in TweetDeck (thanks to Carol (Carolrb Roux in SL)) and doesn’t even remember Tweetie (sorry to Stephen Fry)!

Hobbies…

Nick has been a steam enthusiast, Volunteer Train Guard, Station Master and Buffet Car Attendant on the North Norfolk Railway.  He then went on to become a St John Ambulance volunteer before moving house.
Nick is currently a Cub Scout Leader for the 4th Oxford Scout Group.
He is also an Amateur Radio Licence holder and a RAYNET volunteer.
Nick has myriad other hobbies that he doesn’t really have time for!

Footnote…

Nick is addicted to ellipsis… 

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