IgnitED 99

T-Mobile EmpowerED 2.0 IgnitED 99 Launch

What is district 99's ignited 99 program all about?


Cicero District 99 has pledged to ensure all students have equal opportunities in the classroom to progress academically through utilizing fully supported and updated technology. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the District kick-started this concept through its one-to-one Chromebook program. 

To further this concept and provide the opportunity to extend the learning experience beyond the walls of the classroom, the District is launching the IgnitEd 99 program. 

IgnitED 99 is the result of a $2.6 million technology award from T-Mobile, providing unlimited 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots for more than 12,000 students. This initiative holds great potential to improve academic achievement for our students by providing internet access at home for students to access District enrichment resources. 





The T-Mobile EmpowerED 2.0 program hotspot is a small, portable device which allows students to connect to the internet with their district-issued Chromebook in order to access digital resources and enrichment platforms to support learning anywhere.


who is eligible to receive a hotspot?

Just like District 99’s Chromebook student loan process, the hotspot program is open to all students currently enrolled in a District 99 school.

when will students receive hotspots?

Parents/guardians who register can expect to receive a hotspot and Chromebook bag this fall. 

will this cost anything?

No! This program is provided to students at no cost.

where can i learn more about hotspots?

For more information, or if you need hands-on assistance, stop by one of the District’s parent forums to receive more detailed information.

is this hotspot safe for children to use?

Absolutely! As with all district-issued technology devices, safety is at the forefront. Though nothing replaces strong parental presence and monitoring, all internet traffic is monitored by the same internet filtering used for students while at school. Students are expected to remember digital citizenship best practices to stay safe while using the internet at home. 

how's this program going to help my child in school?


Access to the internet, via hotspots, provides for extended learning through district resources and enrichment platforms. Students can continue their learning anywhere — at any time!

Children will have access to a myriad of District 99 learning platforms and resources, such as:

Enrichment Platforms

Achieve3000 (ELA)
Imagine Learning (ELA and Math)
IXL (Math)


now that my child has a hotspot, what can we do with it?

Parents can support learning at home within the resources mentioned above. Students can explore independently or follow a prescribed pathway provided by their teacher.