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GLOBAL LEARNING

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY LITERACY THROUGH SIMA CLASSROOM

  • 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.

STUDENT BENEFITS OF GLOBAL LEARNING THROUGH SIMA FILMS

  • Exposure to international issues
  • Heightened emotional intelligence
  • Greater self awareness and open mindfulness
  • Enhanced communication skills (multilingual, intercultural, nonverbal and verbal)
  • Encouraged collaboration across cultures
  • Attentiveness to diversity
  • Heightened immunity to dominant media and ideologies
  • Higher chance of participating in civic action/ engagement
  • Increased desire to seek out and challenge social injustices

“SIMA Classroom exists to connect classrooms, cultures, and communities through visual storytelling.”

– Daniela Kon, SIMA Founder and Executive Director

At SIMA we have a saying, “Documentary is Fatal to Prejudice.” The first step to cultivating global competence in the classroom is exposing students to realities and perspectives different than their own. Documentary challenges students to investigate the world beyond their immediate environment. It empowers them to develop deep cultural knowledge and explore the ways in which culture influences identities, world-views and future global development. Openness and curiosity are fostered that are critical to global perspective building and problem-solving processes, propelling students to translate their ideas into creative and innovative solutions.

Global Learning (also known as Global Competence) is crucial for innovation and education in the 21st century. In today’s world, effective education must address global needs and trends and aim to inspire leaders and global citizens. It is imperative that we provide creative educational approaches that engage students in dynamic ways that enable them to develop the skills, abilities and mind-sets required to succeed and participate in creating  a better world.