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Challenges of Repurposing Films for Instruction

Teachers who wish to develop repurposed films for instruction should understand that it is a time intensive project. Teachers must consider the time necessary to find films, preview them for appropriateness, watch them again for lesson development, and then allot time for materials development, all before using the film with a class. Some experts estimate that you could be looking at a minimum of fifteen hours of development time per each hour of instruction (Smith & Ragan, 1993). In the repurposing project done by the Clemons Library, developers took over 500 hours to create a stand alone educational product. In addition to the time, teachers would need to adapt their classroom role from being the sole information provider to one which is more guiding. Since discussion is a large part of the active set, teachers would also have to become comfortable in directing and controlling class discussions.

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