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Tracie Spinale

Learning Programs Manager
Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary
Museum Staff
Social Studies, Arts :
Smithsonian Staff

Greetings! I work at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) where I collaborate with communities to create cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary learning experiences. I organize opportunities for museum professionals, educators, students, and related audiences, focused on museum learning. I've organized workshops for a variety of audiences--ranging from teens with disabilities to Tibetan monastics in India. I manage intern and fellows programs at SCLDA, and I am also responsible for privacy in the Learning Lab. I've currently teamed-up with the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center in Alaska to develop content with Alaska Native community partners--look for some exciting collections in 2020! 

I've worked at the Smithsonian since 2000, and hold a MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University (1998), and a BA in Anthropology from Beloit College (1996). When not online, you can find me wandering through museums or reading about ancient civilizations. I am also an avid video game player, coffee drinker, and proud mom to two kids and one Boxer.

Tracie Spinale's collections

 

Color Series - Blue

<p>This topical collection of the color blue is part of a color series and was originally used in a collage art activity (printed out; using paper, glue, and art materials) with a group of teens with cognitive disabilities during a summer camp program.</p> <p>Tags: color series, decision-making, self-determination, student empowerment, disability, All Access Digital Arts Program</p>
Tracie Spinale
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Color Series: Pink

<p>This topical collection of the color pink is part of a color series and was originally used in a collage art activity (printed out; using paper, glue, and art materials) with a group of teens with cognitive disabilities during a summer camp program. </p> <p>Tags: color series, decision-making, self-determination, student empowerment, disability, All Access Digital Arts Program</p>
Tracie Spinale
29
 

Color Series - Purple

<p>This topical collection of the color purple is part of a color series and was originally used in a collage art activity (printed out; using paper, glue, and art materials) with a group of teens with cognitive disabilities during a summer camp program. I was inspired to create the series after a few of our students mentioned their passionate interest in specific colors, and how they thought in colors.</p> <p>Tags: color series, decision-making, self-determination, student empowerment, disability, All Access Digital Arts Program</p>
Tracie Spinale
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Access Series: Photo Quest in a Sculpture Garden

<p>Get out on a sunny day and enjoy an art sculpture garden with friends...Wander with a purpose. In this teen group quest, teams use close-up photo prompts to find artworks in a sculpture garden, and then use tablet devices to take team photos with the sculptures. This activity was originally used in the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. with the All Access Digital Arts Program as a photo scavenger hunt. Example PDFs of photo details are provided. To turn the photo hunt into a more formal learning experience, the answer section shows the entire sculpture with information and discussion prompts to elicit questions about teen identity and self-expression.</p> <p>Tags: decision-making, self-determination, student empowerment, disability, All Access Digital Arts Program</p>
Tracie Spinale
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Access Series: Great Face! Portraits and Photo Composition

<p>Taking a great portrait is more than just taking a quick snap of a face. It requires thoughtful contemplation and a variety of choices by the photographer. This is a collection of photographs that illustrate various principles of portrait photography: angles (eye-level, high angle, low angle, and bird's eye), light and shadow, framing, and shot length (long-shot, medium-shot, close-up, & extreme close-up); As well as mood--capturing a feeling or emotion in a photograph; scale--how big or small subjects look; and sense of place--capturing the feeling of a place. Click into each photo and on the "paper clip" annotation icon to read more information and complete challenges.</p> <p>Tags: portrait photography, decision-making, self-determination, student empowerment, disability, All Access Digital Arts Program</p>
Tracie Spinale
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Access Series: Meta Collage

<p>This topical collection of artworks is all about collage. Collage is a technique that uses other pieces of artwork assembled into a new artwork. The collection was originally used in a collage art activity to provide inspiration examples of the art of collage-making, based upon personal interests. It was used with a group of teens with cognitive disabilities during a summer camp program. <br /><br /> Descriptors: Decision Making, Disabilities, Self-Determination, Self-Efficacy, Student Empowerment</p>
Tracie Spinale
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Access Series: Flying Things

<p>This topical collection of airplanes, hot air balloons, space craft, and other things that fly, was originally used in a collage art activity (printed out; using paper, glue, and art materials). It was used as a discussion prompt in an informal learning activity with a group of teens with cognitive disabilities during a summer camp program--as pre-museum visit preparation to artifacts that would be found at an airplane museum. Other suggested uses beyond collage and discussion prompts would be a writing exercise, "If you could fly anywhere, where would you go and what would you do?" Use the visible thinking routine, "See|Think|Wonder" as a starting point for the writing prompt, and the images for inspiration.</p> <p>Tags: decision-making, self-determination, student empowerment, disability, all access digital arts program</p>
Tracie Spinale
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Access Series: Nostalgic Popular "Pop" Culture

<p>This inspiration collection of nostalgic popular "pop" culture from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s—super heroes and super villains, Muppets, cartoon characters, Star Wars, Disney and Pixar characters, Transformers, and movies was used for a collage activity and discussion prompt in an informal learning activity, "Me & My World: Personal Ecology/Interest Inventory" with a group of teens with cognitive and intellectual disabilities. Students were asked about their favorite pop culture influences from the past and present. Use the visible thinking routine, "See|Think|Wonder" as a starting point for a discussion prompt, and the images for inspiration. </p> <p>Tags: decision-making, self-determination, student empowerment, disability, All Access Digital Arts Program</p>
Tracie Spinale
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Access Series: People, Friends, and Family--Together and Alone

<p>This topical collection of people—together in groups with friends or families (mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin, grandmother, and grandfather); different genders, ages, and ethnicities, and "selfies"—was originally used in a collage art activity (printed out; using paper, glue, and art materials); and as a discussion prompt in an informal learning activity with a group of teens with cognitive disabilities during a summer camp program. Use the visible thinking routine, "See|Think|Wonder" as a starting point for the writing prompt, and the images for inspiration. </p> <p>Tags: decision-making, self-determination, student empowerment, disability, All Access Digital Arts Program</p>
Tracie Spinale
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ACCESS SERIES | Nile, Nile Crocodile

<p><strong>IMPORTANT: Click on the "i" for information icon and the paperclip icons as you move through the collection.</strong><br /><br />Exploring: Ancient Egypt, the Nile River, and glass museum objects, papercraft, and sand art</p> <p>Rationale for Instruction: <br /></p> <ul><li>Through the introduction, museum visit, and activities, students connect with an ancient and diverse culture in ways both conceptual and concrete. The ancient Egyptians shaped our modern civilization in fundamental ways and left legacies that are still present today. </li></ul><p>Objectives:</p> <ul><li>Explain features of the daily life of an Ancient Egyptian living on the Nile River, including boat transportation, dress, and animal life. </li><li>Explore the ancient origins of glass making in Egypt.</li><li>Examine how glass making relates to object making, animal representation, and the desert environment of Egypt</li><li>Plan, create, and share digital and physical works of art that represent ancient (sand art) and modern art forms (digital photography with filters) as well as representational art (papercraft) landscape.</li></ul><p><strong>EDUCATORS | </strong>For the LESSON PLAN of the original "Nile, Nile Crocodile" ><br /><br />SET THE STAGE:<br /></p> <ul><li>Maps - Look at the maps in the Smithsonian collection; Where do you think you'll journey to in this collection?</li><li>"This is Sand" App - an tablet app that changes the pixels on the screen into digital sand.</li><li>Video about The Nile (for learners who prefer a concrete example)</li><li>Thought journey down the Nile River; Ask questions about observations along the way. If you are able to transform the furniture to reflect a boat, do so. </li><li>Glass making video as well as a primary source text from 1904 (for learners who prefer a concrete example); Help make the connection between the desert sand environment and glass making. </li></ul><p>MUSEUM "VISIT"<br /></p> <ul><li>Go to the gallery; read the panels and explore the objects. <strong>The gallery has been re-created in the Learning Lab collection</strong></li><li>Explore the glass vessels-->What do you notice?</li><li>Observe the glass animals-->Take turns reading the informational texts; What do the animals represent?</li></ul><p>~ BREAK ~<br /></p> <p>ACTIVITY STATIONS (rotate between activity stations)<br /></p> <ul><li>SAND ART - Create your own ancient Egyptian glass vessel through a sand art design similar to the decorated glass in the museum.</li><li>"ANCIENT" PHOTOS - Use digital tablets to take photos in a museum gallery and use the built-in filters to create 'ancient-looking' photos like the ones that document historic museum excavations. </li><li>PAPERCRAFT LANDSCAPE - Create a three-dimensional landscape of ancient Egypt based on the animals and structures observed in the museum gallery and in the introductory materials. Templates and examples are included. Document your results using photography.</li></ul><p></p> <p>Tags: decision-making, self-determination, access, disability, accessibility, neurodiversity, special education, SPED, out of school learning, informal learning, cognitive, social skills, engagement, passion, creativity, empowerment, All Access Digital Arts Program</p> <p></p>
Tracie Spinale
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ACCESS SERIES | Galaxy Quest

<p><strong>IMPORTANT: Click on the "i" for information icon and the paperclip icons as you move through the collection.</strong></p> <p>Have you ever wondered what's going on out there in the universe? Would you like to discover exciting things about planets, stars, and galaxies? Today, we will go on a GALAXY QUEST to EXPLORE THE UNIVERSE!<br /><br />RATIONALE | Digital technology has transformed how we explore the Universe. We now have the ability to peer into space right from our homes and laptop computers. Telescopes, photography, and spectroscopy remain the basic tools that scientists—astronomers and cosmologists—use to explore the universe, but digital light detectors and powerful computer processors have enhanced these tools. Observatories in space—like the Hubble Space Telescope—have shown us further into space then we have ever seen before.<br /><br /><strong>EDUCATORS | </strong>For the LESSON PLAN of the original "Galaxy Quest" <br /><br />Lesson Objectives:<br />1. Process and save at least one digital image of a galaxy or space image (with caption)<br />2. Create a three-dimensional astronomy sculpture (galaxy or other space body, space alien, plant, animal)<br />3. Create a digital astronomy sculpture (galaxy or other space body, space alien, plant, animal)<br />4. Visit the Explore the Universe exhibition at NASM and identify Hubble parts (mirror, lens, spectroscope)<br /><br />Learning Objectives:<br />1.     What a galaxy is<br />2.     What a space telescope is<br />3.     Learn how to open an image on the computer and process it<br />4.     Socialize well in the museum setting</p> <hr /><p>Tags: decision-making, self-determination, access, disability, accessibility, neurodiversity, special education, SPED, out of school learning, informal learning, cognitive, social skills, engagement, passion, creativity, empowerment, All Access Digital Arts Program <br /></p> <p><br /></p>
Tracie Spinale
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SENSES SERIES

<p>Aggregate of Learning Lab collections about the Smithsonian collaboration with the Science for Monks and Nuns Program - senses and sensory perception.<br /></p>
Tracie Spinale
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