Dear Otto: What About Carmen San Diego?

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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 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, an Amazon Vine Voice, 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.

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4 thoughts on “Dear Otto: What About Carmen San Diego?

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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