Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? Geography with a twist!
This course aims to introduce students to a variety of countries and cultures around the world in a fun and restful way. Each class session will include one round of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
For those who have never played, there is a list of well-known criminals who are moving around the world and stealing various objects of cultural importance; for example, the mask of Priam, the royal jewels of Kathmandu, or an ancient Incan stone. Each “case” outlines what has gone missing and, using a list of common suspects, invites players to navigate their way around the world to discover the lost treasure and capture the thief. Along the way, players learn basic geographical facts about each country such as: capitals, population, country flag colors, and a historical fact or two.
Each round involves traveling to 2-3 different countries. After each round, we will go more in depth about the places we visited, including common languages, currency, and cultural facts. We may even dabble in some light foreign language learning (Parlez-vous français?) along the way!
Required Course Materials:
– Composition Notebook
Instructor Information Coming Soon!
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Webcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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