New School eLearning * SEO Rapper

August 13, 2008

eLearning is a term that is applied to a wide range of content delivery. Some are page turner “click here to continue” modules, some are interactive simulations and others are well crafted rap songs, such as “Design Coding” performed by rapper Poetic Prophet, aka SEO Rapper, which can be found on the YouTube channel m0serious TV, in the How to Style category.

But can Robert Mager dance to it…

With a running total of 324,979 views, the Design Coding video is an example of a new school of eLearning design, which thinks outside of the box and takes the “B” out of boring and it turns it into “beat”, as in 4/4 time signature.  The content is well scripted and covers the basics of web design in 3 minutes, 22 seconds, all executed in a body movin’ tune that your younger sister and even your grandfather can dance (or code) to. When is the last time you had a web design course in less than five minutes that you can rock out to with your iPod?

Other SEO rapper videos (songs) include Link Building 101 and Social Media Addiction. Here is an excerpt and embedded video of Design Coding:

Call to action to increase the temptation
use appealing graphics they create motivation
if you have animation
use with moderation

…describe your doctype so the browser can relate
make sure you do it great or it won’t validate
check in all browsers, I do it directly
gotta make sure that it renders correctly
some use IE, some others use Flock
some use AOL, I use Firefox


Justin Mass * T-shirt to Honor Tim Russert

June 18, 2008

An inspirational act at a sad time…

Justin Mass of Washington DC, is using the power of the (Facebook) network, grass roots effort and mad (t-shirt) design skills to raise money for a good cause in honor of Tim Russert. Besides being a new family man, an eLearning guru and a hip-hop evangelist, Justin is also quite the humanitarian. Go Justin go! // I met Justin last year at an eLearning Guild conference and have been keeping up with him ever since.

Read an excerpt from an article (below) and here are a few media bites: (Seattle) radio interview, (Seattle) news article, and DC news article

Justin Mass of Ashburn, like the rest of America, is mourning the passing of long-time “Meet the Press” host, Tim Russert.

“I always looked forward to his show,” said Mass, 31, who attended graduate school at University at Buffalo, in Russert’s hometown. “He’s one of those special guys who you really don’t appreciate until he’s gone.”

Mass, a huge hip-hop fan whose blog is called Daily Operation, decided to honor Russert in the way that the hip-hop community memorializes fallen musicians.

“When an artist passes prematurely in hip-hop, it’s usually just a few days before someone designs a tribute T-shirt,” he explained.

Mass had never designed a T-shirt before. By day, he works at a Reston law firm. But after hearing of Russert’s death and watching the news coverage until midnight on Friday, he felt inspired to honor the man.

The tribute Tees cost $20 each, and all profits will be donated in Russert’s memory to an organization that the broadcaster was actively involved with: The Boys and Girls Club of D.C.

Mass linked his T-shirt design on a Russert Facebook page yesterday, and by this morning, he said he had already received 20 orders.

“At first, I just told people to send me a check when ordering,” he said. “Today, I set up a Pay-Pal account to meet the demand.”

To order one, click here.


A mock-up of the Tim Russert tribute T-shirt (Design by Justin Mass)

Biz Markie * Just a friend in the airport

June 24, 2007

News flash, my bro – Justin Mass (of D.C.) ran into none other than rap icon Biz Markie in the airport. Apparently they ate pizza together and had a chat. Maybe Biz Markie unloaded some old school wisdom on Justin. Question…is it purely coincidence that they are both wearing primary colors…I think not.

Justin and Biz