Monday, February 4, 2013

Five Card Flickr Stories

The Five Card Story is a quick digital story game put together by an educator, Alan Levine, who also goes by the name of CogDog. Check out his site, Five Card Story, and create your own Five Card Story. The images are ones stored in Flickr under the Creative Commons License, free to use.

After reading 31 blogs this weekend and then preparing website notes for this week, I needed a break, so played with Five Card Story  This is an idea you can implement in your class by giving your students any five photos available, and for older students, you can even have them try out the Five Card Story site.

Once you finish creating your story using Five Card Story, you will see a code that you can embed into your blog by switching from the Compose to the HTML tab in Blogger. The URL for the story is also available and that can be shared with others for them to access your story at the site.

In addition to using random photos to stir one's imagination for story writing, the exercise serves two additional purposes:
  • It initiates the idea of matching photos to storytelling, serving as an introduction to a unit on digital storytelling
  • It helps teach students about what photos found on the Internet they can legitimately use. In Flickr, photos that can be reused are marked as such and have in their posting both the URL to use for attribution and the embed code for converting the photo with its attribution right into a website, blog, wiki, or other online platform. Those using the photo can use either method to acknowledge the source. 
Here are five cards, photos, I was randomly dealt to create a story. Note the attributions for each photo automatically pop up under each.

Five Card Story: Walk on the Wild Side
a #etmooc story created by Midnight Poker Player (that is the nickname I chose since I created this around midnight.)

flickr photo by cogdogblog

flickr photo by cogdogblog

flickr photo by cogdogblog

flickr photo by cogdogblog

flickr photo by cogdogblog

And my masterpiece (joking) story. If I had more time and energy, I would have created a story with dialogue and more.

I escaped into the woods one snowy night. What I thought was a polar bear turned out to be a snow figure. On the run, I looked for a car to escape. On the dashboard, I found a pair of dark sunglasses, perfect for my disguise. Hungry from days on the run, I sought food, but only could find oranges. To my dismay, they were already eaten, and just the rinds remained. I trembled as someone shook me and realized it was all but a dream.


  1. Judy,
    Great resource! Thanks for sharing. I have been to the Five Card Flickr Story pages for #etmooc, but I have only dabbled.

    I didn't realize there were numerous ways to share. I had only noticed that you could share it on the site, but I like that the embed code brings all the pics, properly cited to your blog.

    Funny, I had read your story this morning!

    Thanks again,

  2. Thanks for playing the story game- now how about adding to the pool if images? Just upload some photos to flickr and tag them "5cardetmooc" and others will get to use them.

  3. What a great resource. I really like the features of this program. This is a way to highlight creative writing skills and use technology. Programs like this improve the choices students have to create a digital story. I think this would be a great and fun option for any student to use. I already have an idea for my college students!