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Dear Otto: What About Carmen San Diego?

Posted by on July 30, 2012

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Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please complete the form below and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names.

Here’s a great question I got from Dawn:

We have upgraded our Computer Lab computers to Windows 7, some programs are now obsolete since they were DOS and will not run with 7. Carmen San Diego is one we used for Geography. Some teachers are sad we can’t use that anymore – the students did enjoy it. Do you know of anything our that can take its place? Thanks for your time!

I know what you mean. We tried to run it at my school–spent too much time tweaking everything–and never succeeded. I’ve had to toss it.

There are a few geography games you can look into:

They’re OK, but not as good as CSD. I’ll post your comment–see if anyone has any other ideas.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-sixth grade, creator of two technology training books for middle school and three ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blog, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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4 Responses to Dear Otto: What About Carmen San Diego?

  1. Scott

    It is out there online through an Apple Emulator. I use the 1987 copyright Oregon Trail through an emulator with 6th grade. When I find it, I’ll follow up.

    • Jacqui

      Thanks, Scott. I use Oregon Trail from a CD with my 3/4th graders, but it’s getting quirky. What’s ‘through an emulator’? That would be wonderful if I could use Oregon Trail online.

  2. Scott

    There’s World. USA must be out there somewhere.

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