ASCII art is text-based visual art that uses ASCII characters to create images. It is a fun and effective way to teach keyboarding because it requires students use a variety of different keys, including the symbols.
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
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:
Here are examples from ASCII art pros. You’re going to see a big difference from my simplistic ones:
–image credit Deposit Photos
Here’s the sign-up link if the image above doesn’t work:
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.