ASCII art is that amazing computer drawing where keyboard letters become a picture. Done well, it never fails to impress friends with your geekiness.
I was inspired by my friend, Zakgirl, to try it. I’m inherently lazy so wanted an ‘easy way’ to accomplish this tedious art. I went on a hunt for that method–and found it! Here’s a pumpkin I did for Halloween in about fifteen minutes:
- Add a watermark of a picture you like, preferably a single image (I picked a pumpkin for Halloween)
- Type over it with appropriate letters (if you’re more patient than I, you can pick a variety of letters. That would provide more depth)
- Delete the watermark
Looks good, huh?
This is an excellent method of exciting elementary school kids grades 3-6 about keyboarding (much as I do with shortkeys). Without showing them the picture, provide the directions for creating it. It’d look something like:
- Type a green X ten times
- Type a green X eleven time
…and so on. Have them center the typing at the end.
Here’s a website that will turn your picture into ASCII art. This is one of my students. Click the picture to visit the website:
I also found a website that’ll turn your text into ASCII art. Can you read this:
Here are examples from ASCII art pros. You’re going to see a big difference from my simplistic ones:
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.