Being the age I am (and learning to use computers from the very distant days before we had any graphical user interfaces), it can be amazing to today's students that a great many tasks can be accomplished just using a command line.
Skills like writing batch files to backup documents or do other tasks automatically can be very useful! When I last had a problem with a hard disk (just a few weeks ago) and the operating system on my laptop failed, it was the good old command line that enabled me to very quickly get the data off the old hard disk!
This week, we looked at creating a batch file to output a picture of the students' choice using just a few commands (but this taught a little bit of command prompt use and also how to create those all important batch files!
The basic program you can see below
echo (insert your picture text here with an echo for each line)
All students need to do is to find a picture to encode and copy and paste that data from this website into a text document (using the code above and then renaming to a .bat extension) and some very nice artistic effects can be seen! A nice student created example of a minion is shown on the right!
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