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NAI alumni and electrical engineer Manolo Calderon, 23, left, with USC industrial engineering student, Emanuel Marquez, 22, demonstrate the light board designed to help online teachers. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

To make online learning easier, USC’s college prep program gets tech-savvy

The Neighborhood Academic Initiative realized early in the pandemic that innovative learning tools would be needed to educate its scholars, leading a new team of “tech innovators” to make lightboards a top priority.

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Ideal resources for distance learning — such as access to a computer and high-speed internet at home — are not available to one in three households among Los Angeles Unified School District students, according to a recent study. (Photo/iStock)

COVID-19 crisis reveals ‘digital divide’ for L.A. County students

The stay-at-home orders have forced 1.5 million K-12 students to online classes, but a new USC Annenberg analysis found that 1 in 4 households lack the necessary tech for learning at home.