To be completely honest, even the thought of creating AND keeping up with a Professional Learning Network (PLN) gives me cause for anxiety. I use my laptop mostly for work and COETAIL and not much else. When I am not at work or not working, I prefer to keep my laptop lid closed. Even when I am working, my 2-year old daughter reminds me of this by closing my laptop for me 😉  Sometimes, it’s even difficult for others to get a hold of me because I usually don’t have my phone with me. I am definitely NOT one of those people who just can’t seem to put down their device. And I do take a bit of pride in being this way, so needless to say, building an online PLN has been quite the challenge for me, to say the least.

Like all other COETAILers, I am involved in the COETAIL community through blog posts, comments, and discussions, but aside from that, I have also ventured out into the world of Twitter. As is evidenced in one of my previous blog posts from Course 1, before COETAIL, I tweeted all of two times. This is a true story, but now, I am starting to get it. Before COETAIL, I really had no idea what Twitter was and what you were supposed to do with it. Now, all of that has changed, or it is at least starting to!


Since that fourth COETAIL blog post where I tried “tweeting” again, I have tweeted many times for a variety of reasons – personal, COETAIL, AIS-R professional learning, etc. This NEVER would have happened if it wasn’t for COETAIL. I was inspired to give it a go once again as I was starting to realize how important online PLNs can be, especially for teachers.

Of course, I have engaged in one-sided interactions or have attempted to start conversations that didn’t really go anywhere with Twitter and other social media platforms. COETAIL blogs and commenting have been such a great way for me to start practicing HOW to actually include myself in such conversations. On the lookout to find a meaningful, more conversation-oriented online group, I found #nesachat. NESA stands for the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools. This Twitter chat runs every other week on Tuesdays. I recently became involved and started participating in these chats, and I have found them to be fun, practical, and useful in my everyday teaching 🙂

Participating in these NESA chats has allowed me to have a conversation about a specified topic, connect with other educators in our region, and it’s become an excellent way for us to share ideas and resources on a regular basis. Although the educators that participate in these chats are not always the same people, many are from the same schools, and we are all from the same area of the world. Through this medium, I have been able to ask questions,

answer questions,

— Pamela Rampley (@PamelaRampley) March 7, 2017


and reflect about my practice, all of which was inspired by concepts and ideas shared within the COETAIL community.

As evidenced in the Storify slideshows that follow, I have been able to engage in back-and-forth conversations via Twitter. #nesachat has allowed me to actively build a PLN in an appropriate digital space beyond just commenting on COETAIL blogs.


I have participated in the last three NESA chats. The first one I participated in was on February 7, 2017, and I have been engaging in these discussions each time they have occurred, which is every two weeks. The next NESA chat is scheduled for this Tuesday, April 4, and I plan to continue engaging in these discussions even after my COETAIL courses have finished.

February 7, 2017 #nesachat – Professional Development That Works

 March 7, 2017 #nesachat – Visualizing the “Ideal” High School Graduate
March 21, 2017 #nesachat – Crisscrossing Curriculums


Like I said in the beginning of this blog post, I am not that person who is constantly tweeting or posting on Facebook and Instagram, but since the start of COETAIL, I have definitely upped my technological use for educational and professional purposes. Although I don’t consider myself a true techie (yet), I do see the benefits and importance of immersing myself (to some extent) into technology. I have found a new, exciting, and meaningful way to engage in continuous and sustainable conversations with colleagues from near and far thanks to COETAIL and Twitter! I warmly welcome your comments below 🙂

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  1. “exciting, and meaningful way to engage in continuous and sustainable conversations with colleagues from near and far”

    NAILED it! Exactly what we hope you get from having a PLN!

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