Timmy Technology was originally conceived by a SET-BC supported student in 2008 as a mascot for SET-BC. In 2018, friends were added to the Timmy Technology entourage in order that students at the elementary level could explore working with various low and high tech learning supports. The Timmy Technology and Team Toolbox unit is designed to teach students to celebrate how they learn, embrace diversity and encourage acceptance of all students within a universally designed framework.
Timmy Technology and Team Toolbox: a SET-BC Diversity Awareness Program contains a multitude of no, low and high-tech characters plus a series of 5 lessons to support student awareness of diversity, individuality and a celebration of learning strengths and differences. Each character is designed to support students in exploring the many and various tools that can support learning and help them to know about and choose those that work best for them.
The five lessons include book supports (PDF, Clicker Book, PowerPoint, hard copy with Braille) to anchor the lessons as well as suggestions for activities that support awareness of diversity and recognition of strengths. Each lesson is detailed in an accompanying lesson planning guide with the Timmy Technology unit.
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Lesson 1 - Exploring Individuality and Diversity
Students explore the concepts of same/different/diverse/individual through the lens of describing their own strengths and the strengths of their friends.
Lesson 2 - Introducing Timmy Technology and Team Toolbox
Lesson 3 - Diverse Ways to Do Things
Students explore fact and fiction around disabilities and differences. “Can someone who can’t talk communicate?” “Can someone who can’t see read?”
Lesson 4 - Communicating with Symbols
A sample communication app is provided on the iPad as well as communication boards so students can experience communicating without speaking.
Lesson 5 - Can You Really See Me?
A book written about the original creator of Timmy Technology who was a SET-BC supported student, Can You Really See Me?, leads the students to tell a their own story.