The Literacy Center is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit public benefit organization dedicated to improving lives through literacy, education, mobile learning and tutoring for students and adults by coordinating comprehensive educational plans and learning strategies to ensure a pathway to college and careers. The Literacy Center provides four major functions: core course instruction, remediation, workshops and tutoring. Recreational and enrichment activities are also available to students.
Typically, The Literacy Center’s teachers/tutors providing consistency and knowledge of the student’s learning style. Because students work on computers to access most of their content, they are developing better computer skills and a greater comfort level with technology than many traditional students. They are going on to post-secondary courses, or into the workplace, better skilled with Computers and Technology. At the same time, the physical setting and face-to-face instruction provides the support structure that many of these students need. Blended learning means many things to many people, even within our relatively small online learning community.
It is referred to as both blended and hybrid learning, with little or no difference in the meaning of the terms among most educators. In general terms, blended learning combines online delivery of educational content with the best features of classroom interaction and live instruction to personalize learning, allow thoughtful reflection, and differentiate instruction from student to student across a diverse group of learners. This blended approach combines the best elements of online and face-to-face learning. It is likely to emerge as the predominant model of the future — and to become far more common than either one alone.
Fully online schools meet an important and growing demand for courses and programs. Because fully online distance learning programs developed in a different place and with different methods than the use of Internet resources in physical schools, the blending of online programs and the classroom setting has been relatively slow to develop in K-12 education. However, emerging models in other countries, such as Singapore and Australia, as well as in higher education, suggest that a large part of the future of education will involve providing content, resources, and instruction both digitally and face-to-face in the same classroom. Blended learning should be viewed as a pedagogical approach that combines the effectiveness and socialization opportunities of the classroom with the technologically enhanced active learning possibilities of the online environment, rather than a ratio of delivery modalities.
In other words, blended learning should be approached not merely as a temporal construct, but rather as a fundamental redesign of the instructional model with the following characteristics: A shift from lecture- to student-centered instruction in which students become active and interactive learners (this shift should apply to the entire course, including face-to-face contact sessions); Increases in interaction between student-instructor, student-student, student-content, and student-outside resources; integrated formative and summative assessment mechanisms for students and instructor. Most importantly, in this view, blended learning represents a shift in instructional strategy.
Just as online learning represents a fundamental shift in the delivery and instructional model of distance learning, blended learning offers the possibility to significantly change how teachers and administrators view online learning in the face-to-face setting. The widespread adoption and availability of digital learning technologies has led to increased levels of integration of computer mediated instructional elements into the traditional F2F [face to face] learning experience. The use of computers and online learning in education requires a much larger shift in thinking than simply adding a few computers to classrooms. Truly blended learning requires that teachers approach their role differently, as guides and mentors instead of purveyors of information. Classrooms must be redefined as flexible learning environments, in which students learn in a variety of ways, while communicating and collaborating with others who are outside their school—and perhaps outside their country. Learning should go beyond the classroom walls and the confines of the school day.
The Literacy Center is a 501 (c)(3) literacy organization providing tutoring to K-12 students, families and adults, online high school completion to enhance reading, math, science and technology skills for career opportunities.
In today’s society, having the ability to read, solve math problems and learn to use technology are essential tools to building quality of life. The Literacy Center primary focus is on improving literacy skills for K-12 students families and adults for lifelong learning.
We accommodate K-12 students, parents and adult learners with a clean, safe and quiet learning environment. Our experienced staff and committed tutors/volunteers work to increase student academic achievements in mathematics, reading, science and technology.