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Tracie Spinale

Learning Programs Manager
Smithsonian Institution
Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary
Teacher/Educator, Curriculum Coordinator, Parent, Museum Staff
Language Arts And English, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Special Education, Career and Tech Ed, Other : Museum Studies
Smithsonian Staff

Hi there! I am a program manager at the Office of the Under Secretary for Education (OUSE); Previously I was a content collaborator and program manager at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA)/Office of Educational Technology, where I created the following Learning Lab collections based on my programmatic work: 

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Tracie Spinale's collections

 

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. </p> <p>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. There is a suggested lesson plan included which can be adapted to a visit to an air and space museum.</p> <p>Tags: decision-making, self-determination, student empowerment, disability, all access digital arts program, teens in museums, teens, teenagers, after school, out of school learning, informal learning</p>
Tracie Spinale
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Creating Personal Narratives - Stories of Migration

<p>Use the creation of mini comics to explore multiple perspectives of the sensitive historical and contemporary issue of migration. Background information explores the multiplicity of immigration realities, and focus on the personal stories that explain why people move.  Activity could be adapted to showcase a variety of contemporary topics and teen identity.<br><br>KEYWORDS: immigration, migration, forced migration, Latino, maker, making, comic, zine, teen council, student engagement, identity</p>
Tracie Spinale
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Representation of Girls - Gender Diversity, Empowerment and Stereotypes

<p>This topical collection looks at girls' diversity and empowerment, as well as gender stereotypes. Examples below are depictions of girls--both antiquated and modern--domestic and career expectations, educational opportunities, personal grooming and beauty, emotions and attitudes, and traditional representations.</p><p><br>How have views of girlhood changed over time? What images evoke strength and empowerment? What are some stereotypes? What is still true of girlhood today?</p>
Tracie Spinale
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ACCESS SERIES | Through the Lens of Curiosity

<p><strong>IMPORTANT: Click on the "i" for information icon and the paperclip icons as you move through the collection.</strong></p> <p>All Access Club Explores the Microscopic World. If you cannot see something, does that mean that it is not there? Nope! Just lurking under the surface of common, everyday objects is an entire world that we normally cannot see. People just like you can use microscopes to discover things that need magnification in order to view.  The collection is part of an activity series that explores this mysterious microscopic world.<br><br><strong>EDUCATORS | </strong>For the LESSON PLAN of the original "Through the Lens of Curiosity"  ><br><br>In this collection you will:</p> <ul><li>Find out about the world through the use of microscopes and magnifiers</li><li>Take on the role of detective as you embark on a quest to solve 5 mysteries -- by making observations about up-close objects and reading clues, can you figure out what the whole object is?</li><li>In the game <em>A Part of the Whole</em>, use your power of observation to consider the structures and functions of up-close objects to guess what they might be. Again, you will look at part of an object--photographed up-close--to guess at the whole.</li></ul> <p>If it is possible to set-up a hand's-on experience with microscopes along with the online activities -- the tactile portion will enhance the online activity. Teens can also view a video about scanning electron microscopes by a young scientist in the 'extension section'.</p> <p>Keywords: 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, teens in museums, teens, teenagers, after school, out of school learning, informal learning</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, paper-craft, 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 (paper-craft) landscape.</li></ul> <p><strong>EDUCATORS | </strong><strong><a href="https://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll-c/8MmERhz4keCesAxN#r/390900">LESSON PLAN</a> </strong>of the original "Nile, Nile Crocodile" <br>EDUCATORS | For a poem listening and writing activity, visit "<a href="https://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll-c/R4i0dWPqT8ayxkGT">Ozymandias" collection</a><br>EDUCATORS | <em><a href="https://asia.si.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Exploring-the-Art-of-Ancient-Egypt.pdf">Exploring the Art of Ancient Egypt </a></em>Resource<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, distance learning, cognitive, social skills, engagement, passion, creativity, empowerment, All Access Digital Arts Program, teens in museums, teens, teenagers, after school, out of school learning.</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><a href="https://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll-c/vAnMbmJMKjsNVbpW#r/379939">LESSON PLAN</a> 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: astrophotography, galaxy, space, maker, decision-making, self-determination, access, disability, accessibility, neurodiversity, special education, SPED, out of school learning, informal learning, distance learning, cognitive, social skills, engagement, passion, creativity, empowerment, All Access Digital Arts Program, teens in museums, teens, teenagers, after school, out of school learning. <br></p> <p></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, teens in museums, teens, teenagers, after school, out of school learning, informal learning</p>
Tracie Spinale
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Access Series: Making Music and Sonic Self-Portraits

<p>This inspiration collection of musical people and music instruments was used for a music-making activity and discussion prompt in an informal learning activity with a group of teens with cognitive and intellectual disabilities. Students used GarageBand software to create sonic self-portraits. Prior to the activity, teens were asked about their favorite genres of music, including jazz, blues, classical, rock, pop, rap, and R&B. A lesson plan for making and creating music, and sonic self portraits is also included.</p> <p>Tags: decision-making, self-determination, student empowerment, disability, All Access Digital Arts Program, #SmithsonianMusic, teens in museums, teens, teenagers, after school, out of school learning, informal learning<br></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" and Conversing with Objects discussion prompt 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, teens in museums, teens, teenagers, after school, out of school learning, informal learning</p>
Tracie Spinale
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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: Animals - Domestic and Wild!

<p>This topical collection of artworks is all about animals—domestic pets, and wild, untamed beasts. Horses, elephants, dinosaurs, zebras, pandas...cats, hogs, frogs, dogs, lions, tigers, and bears; fish and fowl, monkeys that howl - you'll find all of them here. This collections 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. <br><br>Other suggested uses beyond collage and discussion prompts would be a writing exercise, "Which animals have you seen before and where did you see them? If you could have any one of these animals as a pet, which would you choose and why?" Use the visible thinking routine, "See|Think|Wonder" as a starting point for the writing prompt, and the images for inspiration. Also included is a lesson plan which could be adapted for a visit to a natural history museum or zoo.</p> <p><br> Tags: Decision Making, Disabilities, Self-Determination, Self-Efficacy, Student Empowerment, All Access Digital Arts Program, teens in museums, teens, teenagers, after school, out of school learning, informal learning</p>
Tracie Spinale
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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. 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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