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Once Upon a Time: Retelling Stories With Robots in Early Elementary Classrooms

Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Sunday, November 29, 9:15–10:05 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Suzy Cox  
Dr. Krista Ruggles  

Learn about how robots can be used to support students’ ability to retell stories in a format that is not only engaging but builds deeper comprehension.

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand
Related exhibitors:
, Wonder Workshop

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Presentation Goals
Participants will understand how robots (Dash, Ozobot, Finch, Code & Go Mouse, Botley) can facilitate students’ engagement in retelling.


The introductory presentation will provide:
• An overview of current research on retelling and the impact of incorporating technology in ELA.
• Examples of how technologies are currently being used to support retelling in local elementary schools.
• An introduction to multiple robots that can be used to retell stories.
• An opportunity to brainstorm and share other ways to integrate robotics.

Supporting research

Common Core ELA Standards
Key Ideas and Details:
With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events

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Dr. Suzy Cox, Provo City School District
ISTE Certified Educator
Dr. Krista Ruggles, Utah Valley University
ISTE Certified Educator

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