If a picture has more than 1.000 words says, then how much does a photo animation have to say? Especially in the age of digitalization, in which almost every image material – whether photo or video – is digitally available and post-processed on the computer, animated photos or short video clips are becoming more and more important – and not only for elaborate web presences.

Every computer and internet user can access image programs that make photo animation suitable for the masses. A gif animation, no matter if drawn comic, noble cinemagraph or DSLR photo series for a presentation can be created and exported comparatively fast in a few simple steps.

Photo Animation: What is it?

A photo animation is exported in gif format

Concept Mapping is a method to structure and connect knowledge. This helps with learning and increases learning success. Concept maps can also be used to think about certain contexts and to start a conversation about them. This is especially useful when dealing with complex system interrelationships. This makes the method also interesting for the topics sustainability and sustainable development. Because especially in these areas, the ability to think in networks and systems is very useful. One reason why I took a look at Concept Mapping and present the method here.

Concept mapping – background and application

In German, "Concept Map" means something like "Begriffslandkarte" (from "Concept" in German). "Concept" and "Map" in dt. "map"). The American scientist Joseph Donald Novak was the main developer of the method and had a decisive influence on it in the 1970s. Since then, it has been the subject of numerous studies and research that have highlighted its positive impact on learning success in many areas.

Essentially, concept mapping is used to structure knowledge and knowledge connections, put them into context, and visualize them. The concept map is therefore also widely used in learning and teaching, both in schools and universities. But the method is also interesting for further education and training formats.