Technology only as powerful as the teacher using it!
Patricia Dickenson 10:50 PM
Vygotsky believed "cultural tools" significantly shape a child's cognitive development. This might include the use of language to communicate as well as nonverbal cues that are within the environment and shape a child's behavior.
Tools for thinking greatly influence a child's ability to learn, reason, think logically and develop abstract thinking. A calculator, abacus, map, numbers, ruler and protractor are all tools that appear in the school environment, but today these tools also appear in a digital form and have built in scaffolds to support the learner in acquiring the knowledge and skills to use them.
The cultural tools of Vygotsky's time are greatly different than the tools we have today. Imagine a child enters the classroom, takes an online diagnostic test which instantaneously determines their cognitive ability and is given a curriculum that is within their "zone of proximal development".