Google has partnered with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to launch The Crown Jewels Caper, the first in a series of Carmen Sandiego games in Google Earth. It plays just like the old Carmen Sandiego PC games you remember: visit different landmarks, talk to the locals, and figure out Sandiego’s next destination from their clues.
Though the game is made for promoting the animated Netflix show, it’s still a great collaboration, combining the fun, adventurous aspect of Carmen Sandiego with the immense 3D map resources of Google Earth.
While our youngest students under 13 do not have access to Google Earth on our network, it’s certainly worth checking out how you might use Google Earth as a resource on your interactive white board or SMART interactive flat panel in your classroom. If you haven’t visited Google Earth lately, you don’t know what you are missing!