As part of a partnership with the Evanston Public Library, Evanston Township High School’s Instructional and Informational Department (IIT) is able to distribute 15 mobile hotspots directly to ETHS students at no cost. Hotspots allow students to take home free Wi-Fi service through the use of a small electronic device.
A digital literacy survey conducted by Evanston Public Library (EPL) in 2016 showed that 14 percent of Evanston residents report that they have no Wi-Fi in their home. EPL expanded its Wi-Fi hotspot lending program in January 2017 after a successful pilot. With the expansion of the program to ETHS, students are able to “borrow” the internet through hotspot devices available from the ChromeZone, the high school’s student-led tech support center.
Students who are 16 or older must have both a student ID and EPL library card to check out a mobile hotspot. Students under the age of 16 will need parent permission and the parent must have an EPL library card to check out the hotspot. The hotspot will allow students and their family to connect wirelessly to the Internet from anywhere.
Information about the rental period, renewals, and other details is available on the ETHS website eths.k.12.il.us/Page/974. The Mobile Hotspot Checkout Form is also available online. Students who have questions may stop by the ChromeZone, located in the Media Center in H220, during school hours.