My indulgent state has absolutely nothing to do with tools or shiny gadgets. I don't have an iPad or a Chromebook or even a 4G phone.
I am SPOILED because I have people, connections, and relationships that support me. These networks begin in my very own school district (Go, Springfield, GO!) and they extend out to the world.
Last week, I put together a Posterous account and called it ISTE2011. I invited my Springfield colleagues to join the group as a shared place for our reflections. To enter text, pictures, or ideas, all they had to do was email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a few short hours, the group was humming. My technician was posting info and pics about the new Dell laptop that we'll be deploying in September. My middle school teachers were finding all sorts of plug-ins, tips, and tricks for Google Apps. My help desk administrator (charged with Moodle next year) began posting all sorts of moodle administration best practices. Even an SDST board members that attended ISTE shared his thoughts from some of the sessions.
In short, the Posterous became a central place where we could connect despite the fact that it was hard to find each other amid the sea of people at the conference. The "positive vibes" floating from the online space were palpable.
In addition, my Twitter feed was exploding with resources, links, and thoughtful ideas. It certainly pushed my limits.
It's about the people, not the tools. People matter.