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Introducing your film portal to the front lines of today’s global issues

SIMA Classroom gives you access to over 180 award-winning short documentaries and VR experiences, bonus features and lesson plans that bring global human rights issues, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), social innovations and entrepreneurship to life. This diverse and expansive “Netflix of global education” offers an unprecedented collection of contemporary current-affairs media that give students a first-person insight into the pulse, the people, and the movements behind today’s global issues, taking them from empathy and critical thinking to action.

Curated from over 140 countries around the globe, and selected from the finalists and winners of the annual international Social Impact Media Awards, SIMA Classroom films are the gold standard of social-issue cinematic storytelling.  

“SIMA helped inspire my students to become responsible, global citizens who are now motivated to get involved.”

-Michelle Bernstein, Faculty and Chair of the Film and Digital Media Department, New Roads

SIMA Classroom is utilized in a range of formal and informal learning spaces, including libraries; colleges and high schools, professional development and distant learning programs; and as curriculum assets for a broad range of study areas, including: social entrepreneurship, global studies, journalism, geography, english, film and more.

Scroll down to learn more about the STUDENT BENEFITS of using SIMA Classroom and how it aligns to Global Competencies (as defined by the Asia Society’s Center for Global Education), USA’s Common Core standards, the IB Curriculum and the UN’s definition of Global Citizenship Education.

Playlists and Lesson Plans amplify the impact of our films beyond classroom walls

PLAYLISTS

Explore curated film collections to kick-off discussions on a range of global education themes, such as the  United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Gender Equality, Immigration, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and more cross-cutting topics.

LESSON PLANS

Inspire global learning and civic skill-building in dynamic and interactive ways with participatory teaching resources, created in partnership with experts and global education leaders.

SUBSCRIBE

SIMA Classroom is available to teachers, schools, colleges, foundations, and libraries in both formal and informal education spaces around the globe.

WHAT DO I GET WHEN I SUBSCRIBE?

  • SOCIAL IMPACT FILMS

Exclusive access to more than 160 award-winning short documentaries, VR experiences and bonus features including: Filmmaker Q&As, Resource Links and Discussion Guides. During your subscription term SIMA Classroom will grow. Titles will be added automatically and you will be notified of new additions.

  • LESSON PLANS

Participatory, project-based lesson plans that transform the ideas and innovations inspired by films into action-based skill-building activities.

  • PLAYLISTS

Ready-made film selections that bring together lesson plans and films on numerous global education themes.

  • CUSTOMIZED CONNECTIONS

Are you interested in connecting your class with a filmmaker or a featured organization? Request an introduction.

  • COMMUNITY

Invitation to join the SIMA Classroom Global Educators Community, to share notes, resources, best practices and collaborate with other educators utilizing SIMA films.

HOW DO I GET ACCESS?

CHOOSE YOUR MEMBERSHIP PLAN

  • Access for 1 User | $8 per month | 1 year $90
  • Access for 10 Users | 1 year $799.00 | 3 years $2,160
  • Access for 150 Users | 1 year $2,499 | 3 years $6,750
  • Unlimited institution Access | 1 Year $6,899 | Contact us for custom plans

 

THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL EDUCATION

WE INSPIRE LIFELONG LEARNERS FOR A TOLERANT AND INCLUSIVE WORLD

SIMA Classroom mirrors the UN’s definition of global citizenship education, which is focused on fostering respect for all, building a sense of belonging to a common humanity and helping learners become responsible and active global citizens.

At SIMA we have a saying: “Documentary is Fatal to Prejudice.” Our vision is a global society that nurtures the values of peace, respect and cross-cultural diversity. Our education systems are hard-pressed to lay the groundwork for this vision without quality teaching resources that are engaging, dynamic and align with how current and future generations are consuming information, namely through media and visual storytelling. Social impact documentary offers a unique opportunity to experience the world through personal narratives and local perspectives. It is the key to engaging young people in global social issues.

Our mission is to provide first-class visual storytelling resources to education forums worldwide, empowering learners to acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills to become proactive contributors to a better world.

WE NURTURE GLOBAL COMPETENCE

 (as defined by Asia Society’s Center for Global Education)

Investigate the World

Globally competent students are aware, curious, and interested in learning about the world and how it works.

Recognize Perspectives

Globally competent students recognize that they have a particular perspective, and that others may or may not share it.

Communicate Ideas

Globally competent students can effectively communicate, verbally and non-verbally, with diverse audiences.

Take Action

Globally competent students have the skills and knowledge to not just learn about the world, but also to make a difference in the world.

 

STUDENT BENEFITS OF LEARNING THROUGH SIMA FILMS

  • Greater exposure to international issues
  • Heightened emotional intelligence
  • Greater self awareness and open mindedness
  • Enhanced communication skills (multilingual, intercultural, nonverbal and verbal)
  • Increased openness to collaborate across cultures
  • Heightened attentiveness to diversity
  • Heightened critical thinking abilities
  • Increased desire to seek out and challenge social injustices
  • Increased desire to proactively participate in civic action/ engagement

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY LITERACY 

SIMA Classroom gives you the building blocks to focus on these literacy skills:

  • Digital Literacy – the ability to communicate with an ever- expanding community to discuss issues, gather information, and seek help
  • Global Literacy – the capacity to read, interpret, respond, and contextualize messages from a global perspective
  • Technology Literacy – the ability to use computers and other technology to improve learning, productivity, and performance
  • Visual Literacy – the ability to understand and communicate through visual images
  • Information Literacy – the ability to find, evaluate and synthesize information.