The concept of the flipped classroom model first emerged in the early 2000s as an innovative approach to education. The basic idea behind the model is to have students watch video lectures and complete other coursework outside of class, while class time is used for interactive activities and personalized support from the teacher. This approach […]

As an accredited school, SVHS has been bestowed powers by the state of Nevada to award high school diplomas to students who satisfy the state criteria. As an online private school, our students can attend from anywhere in the world, or anywhere they can get an Internet connection, which is virtually everywhere in the world.

In the late 1990’s I built a web browser and online service for kids called SurfMonkey. It was possibly the first Internet-enabled app, designed to open the Internet to kids, making the experience fun, safe and easy.  I was convinced that the world wide web would become the world’s biggest library and the most valuable

A website builder is a software application or online platform that allows users to create and design a website without the need for manual coding. Website builders today typically provide a variety of templates and drag-and-drop tools that make it easy for users to customize the layout and design of their website. Some website builders

When we set up our online education platform here at Silicon Valley High School in 2013, we were operating with a dedicated physical server running in a colocation data center.  This was a good solution, until we had to upgrade the server. At that point, we had to migrate all our software and data to

The backbone of our education technology platform is Moodle, an open source learning management system.  More accurately, you will see that we built our own learning management system using source code from the Moodle community. A learning management system (LMS) is a software platform that enables organizations to create, manage, and deliver online courses and

As I embark on this education technology blog, discussing how technology can be harnessed to provide a more effective and efficient form of online education, I decided to start with the fundamental software development platform and discuss open source and the LAMP stack. Here at Silicon Valley High School, we haven’t always been dedicated to

Online Learning teacher shortage 2023 teacher

Writing this during the 2023 winter storms, I am sitting in my study at home with the heater in my room set to a cozy 68 degrees. As I look out of the window, there’s about 3 feet of snow and ice covering everything from “freezing rain”–something I didn’t realize was a thing until today.

Update March 13th, 2022: the price increase will be effective March 14th, 2022. February 4th, 2022 As you’re likely aware, Silicon Valley High School courses are the most affordable in the market. That’s because we set out to slash the cost of quality online high school education. We’ve built our business model to be highly

Student Listening

Being able to communicate is a skill that all students need both in school and in their future careers. At some point in their lives, students will need to relay instructions, and explain complex ideas or concepts whether it’s for a school presentation or a work-related responsibility. Mastering the ability to perform these skills will