Monday, March 18, 2019

Have You Seen Where On Google Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? Check It Out Here!

Something very exciting has come to Google Earth that will allow you to take your students on an adventure around the globe through geography clues and more! 
When you look in the right hand corner, you will see a tiny red figure and when you click on it...
...a familiar character will pop up.... Carmen Sandiego! 

"The Crown Jewels Caper" is a brief but completely endearing throwback in which you talk to locals and use the clues they drop to find Carmen's next location on the map. And because all of this plays out in the Google Earth app, you have a camera zooming around to show you the sights.
The story ties directly to the characters and art style of the Netflix series, though the small handful of cutscenes have more of a pixelated Ye Olde Video Game look. The whole thing doesn't take more than 10 or 15 minutes to play through, though Google's announcement promises "other capers in the near future."
Just to help you better set your expectations: This is a cool, little story but it's not the kind of game you'll play again and again. Where the original Carmen games mixed things up every time with random locations to visit and clues to unravel, The Crown Jewels Caper is a scripted story.
It's still an enjoyable blast of nostalgia and will cost you nothing, so it's worth checking out. You can try it right here on Android, Chrome, and iOS.
To start up this fun new geography game, just click on Let's Go
and it will open up into Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego, 
 where you will be guided through an awesome and secretive assignment with Carmen Sandiego.
When I clicked on the little magnifying glass and airplane, it took me to places through prompts that I read and answered,
 and trips around the world.
I even tried it out on Google Earth from my phone and I found the same little Carmen Sandiego character in the left hand corner that when I clicked on...
 ...opened up into the same geography based game as I did online.
I can't wait to have our students at Van Meter play Where On Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego on our iTouches, iPads and their Chromebooks, when we are back from Spring Break.

You can find Where On Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego here too. 

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