Teacher Review For The Sports Network 2

Fun way to learn critical reading skills

Bethany R.
School district administrator
WAY Academy of Flint
Flint, MI
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My Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
Special needs
How I Use It
This game is a fun way to learn critical reading and analysis skills. Students begin by choosing an avatar that they use to perform the duties of managing a cable sports network. The overall purpose is to apply reading skills to real world applications. The game allows the user to explore various environments and to "talk" to colleagues in order to complete tasks. Students read in a setting that is fun and mirrors actual skills used in careers. The downfall of the game comes in its lack of clarity related to directions. It is not the most intuitive of games. Once you spend some time trying different things, however, you can figure out what to do. For some students, the difficulty in knowing what to do at times can be a source of frustration. There is a fair amount of reading and comprehension involved in the game, which contradicts the statement from the website claiming that the game is "a learning game and assessment tool for 8th grade struggling students."
My Take
I think this game would be a great tool for developing reading and analysis skills IF it had better directions. The game is fun and engaging once you understand how to use it. If the developers spent some time creating and embedding clearer directions into the game I'd highly recommend it. Right now I'd only recommend it for students who have a lot of patience and like to spend time independently "figuring things out." Until the aforementioned direction issue is resolved I wouldn't recommend using it for struggling readers or those students who become frustrated easily when attempting new tasks.