The Sports Network 2

 

Learning(i)

Play the role of a news producer in ESPN-like broadcast sim.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Drives home the importance of a positive work ethic, critical-thinking skills, and good communication.

Positive role models

While working in their news career, kids are exposed to people who both teach and model positive behavior, kindness, selflessness, and hard work.

Ease of play

There's an intuitive click-to-move interface and few -- but useful -- instructions. Progress is saved and tracked. The maze-like office can be initially disorienting.

Violence

Players interview a park manager who presents physical activity as an alternative to violence and reckless behavior.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No online content.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Sports Network 2 is an educational game designed to teach kids about careers in news and television, what kind of work goes into real-world jobs, and critical-reading skills. It's not a sports game, despite regular reference to athletic activities, and kids can take away analytical lessons that apply to other settings.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • text analysis

Arts

  • script writing

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • making conclusions
  • thinking critically

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Set amid the excitement of a newsroom, this game offers kids relatable and interesting tasks and content. It's choice-driven, but a bit more and better guidance would help with these choices and make them even more enticing.

Learning Approach

Authentic ELA learning is baked into producing news. Content can be dry but should hold the interest of even reluctant learners. Analyzing text teaches kids how to make informed decisions.

Support

Kids can print out results, and there's a teacher resource site and dashboard. With somewhat insufficient help and feedback, some kids will get stuck and not know what to do. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • text analysis

Arts

  • script writing

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • making conclusions
  • thinking critically

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Kids can learn about how reading and writing are useful in a workplace. They learn to think critically while they read by identifying relevant information; they do research by asking valuable questions; and they provide and receive feedback on written work. Kids will get a taste of what broadcasting is like while gaining skills directly applicable to future school projects and writing assignments.

This Learning Rating review was written by Jenny Bristol

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What's it about?

Kids are dropped into a new career as a managing director of a sports network. From conducting interviews to pitching new programs, kids try to put on good broadcasts that cover the right material while growing their careers with every challenge.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

THE SPORTS NETWORK 2 offers the perfect introduction to the working world, especially for kids who love to watch ESPN or the news. Kids get the chance to peek behind the curtain of broadcast news and do in-game tasks that feel just enough like the real world of news without being too dry while also building critical reading skills. Kids are given feedback and can even print copies of the results of their efforts. The game guides kids through their choices, helping them make the best ones and explaining why they're the best.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss how playing the game helps kids understand the news better. How did it or did it not meet your expectations of what newsrooms are like?

  • Which of the characters do you think are particularly good role models?

  • Has this game affected how you view work and the business world? 

Game details

Platforms:Linux, Mac, Windows
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 22, 2013
Genre:Educational
Topics:Great boy role models, Great girl role models

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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