All About Nick Speller…
I guess you’re here to find out about Nick. Nick Speller could be loosely described as an “educationalist” these days.
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 (a Primary Computing Scheme Of Work with a difference). It opened to 41 schools for Beta Testing in 2017! 123SOW is scheduled to go fully live in 2019.
In 2018 my focus has undergone a slight change of direction. Having already become an Apple Teacher in 2017 I have just been ‘re-programmed’ and have passed my Google for Education Level 1 and 2 and also my Google for Education Trainer Skills Assessment.
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)!
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 volunteers assisting Cubs for the 4th Oxford Scout Group.
He is also an Amateur Radio Licence holder and a RAYNET volunteer.
Nick also likes to sail. He has several sailing dinghies including a Solo which he sails infrequently!
Nick has myriad other hobbies that he doesn’t really have time for!
Nick is addicted to ellipsis…
Nick blogs about educational things at his BuzzingEd Blog:
- Devices, devices, devices?
- Crumble Racing
- Going to BETT?
- Safer Internet Day 2018
- How do you find out new stuff?
- Snapshotting understanding
- My return to the CAS Conference for its 9th year
- Micro:Bits in the Primary Classroom
- The promise of Learning Platforms
- Online Safety
Nick also blogs separately about Online Safety specifically:
- Pre-schoolers are watching more online video, says study from Childwise
- Save the Date: Safer Internet Day 2019, Tuesday 5th February
- Advice from Childnet International and links to report online issues
- The Social Media Conversation…
- Be Internet Awesome
- Online Safety Day 2018
- Safer Internet Day 2018
- Online Safety Oxon Launch