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WELCOME

We provide first-class visual storytelling resources to education forums worldwide that empower learners to acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills to become proactive contributors to a better world.

BE PART OF THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL EDUCATION

Develop global competency and social-emotional acuity in your students with SIMA Classroom. Access 180 award-winning short documentaries and VR/360 experiences, bonus features and lesson plans that bring global human rights issues, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), social innovations and entrepreneurship to life. Our diverse and expansive “Netflix of social impact education” offers an unprecedented collection of contemporary current-affairs media that give your 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.  

Aligned with USA’s Common Core standards and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum, SIMA Classroom is utilized in over 50 countries by middle schools, high schools and colleges, in professional development courses and distant learning programs, serving a broad range of study areas including: geography, history, english, social entrepreneurship, ESL, global studies, journalism, film and more.

“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

BENEFITS

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 proactive citizens of this world. 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. 

“I am surprised at how much these stories have made me reflect on my own life and my own choices and how I can affect people living on the other side of the world”

R.Rothstein, Student

INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS

Students using SIMA Classroom have shown the following characteristics:

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

ADVANCE SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING

SIMA Classroom’s learning outcomes are synonymous with SEL competencies, including: Empathy, Critical Thinking, Problem-solving, Collaboration, Understanding Social Cues, and Perspective Taking.

NURTURE GLOBAL COMPETENCE

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.

FOSTER TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY LITERACY 

SIMA Classroom gives you the building blocks to advance:

  • 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.

SUBSCRIBE

YOUR SUBSCRIPTION INCLUDES

SOCIAL IMPACT FILMS

Get exclusive access to more than 180 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

Inspire service learning and community engagement opportunities with action based and participatory teaching resources created in partnership with education and social justice experts.

PLAYLISTS

Utilize 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, Racial Justice, Climate Change, Tech for Good and more cross-cutting topics.

STUDENT FILM CLUB

Experience the power of bringing students in over 30 countries together to watch 2 monthly film picks and taking quizzes for a chance to win a virtual exchange with real-life experts and activists at the forefront of our monthly theme. “A perfect monthly lesson in times of distant learning” – Sandra Hubertz, Nurenberg Highschool

LIVE FILMMAKER Q&As

Connect directly with each film’s creator to set up a virtual conversation with your classroom.

COMMUNITY

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