What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- text analysis
- script writing
Thinking & Reasoning
- making conclusions
- thinking critically
- conveying messages effectively
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.