from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A length of film containing a series of photographs, diagrams, or other graphic matter prepared for still projection.

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  • noun A length of film containing individual photographs or diagrams intended to be shown in sequence as instruction or as a visual aid.


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film +‎ strip


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  • Filmstrips were a common form of instructional multimedia used by instructors in both primary school and secondary (K-12). They were popular because they were simultaneously an easy-to-use and inexpensive way for an instructor to enhance and invigorate their curriculum by offering students and opportunity to learn by watching and listening in addition to reading.

    The filmstrip itself was a spool - a strip - of 35 mm positive film with usually 30-50 images arranged sequentially would have a duration of between 10-20 min. The instructor would turn on a film projector that would show the first frame of the filmstrip. The instructor would, then, turn on a 33 RPM record or cassette tape, containing the audio material for the filmstrip (including narration). At the appropriate point a tone would sound, signalling the instructor to advance to the next frame.


    VCRs made filmstrips, for the most part, obsolete.

    February 4, 2008