Department of Technology


Department of Technology

Department of Technology

Patrick McKinney, Director


The technology department plays a critical role in the Willoughby-Eastlake school district during this information age. Students of today have grown up using technology on a daily basis in their home and expect to use technology in the classroom as well.

The technology department is constantly evaluating the latest trends in technology and striving to keep district technology up to date and relevant.   One way we do this is by providing technology training for our teachers and staff in the form of our Anyplace Learningspace academy.   This program offers both onsite and online training opportunities to our teachers and staff.   Different classes are held each week throughout the school year on topics ranging from Podcasting, to interactive whiteboards, to learning management systems, to iPads, and more.


PowerSchool / Parent Portal     

The technology department is responsible for hosting PowerSchool as our Student Information System.   A great feature of PowerSchool is the Parent Portal. The Parent Portal allows parents to log into a web based system to check their student’s grades and assignments.   Grades and assignments are currently posted in the district starting in Grade 3. If you are a parent and are having issues with your Parent Portal account, please contact your student’s school directly. Each building has a person that manages Parent Portal accounts.


School Messenger

School Messenger is the mass call notification system that is used by the school district.   The district utilizes this system to place informational calls to parents about upcoming events in the district.   The system is also used by the superintendent to notify parents of calamity days when they are necessary. Your phone numbers and notification settings can be updated from within the Parent Portal.   


Filtering / Internet Safety

The district provides internet filtering through iBoss.   This filtering is provided as required by the Child Information Protection Act.   The district also provides internet safety training at various grade levels utilizing the iSafe e-Safety Curriculum.   While the district strives to educate students to use technology responsibly, it is incumbent upon the parents to monitor their child's use of technology.



Department Staff

Beth Bixel
Information Systems Specialist
Sue Costello
Information Systems Analyst II/ 
EMIS Coordinator
Matt Hickman
Computer Technician
Dave Hiner
Systems Administrator
Christy Miller
Information Systems Specialist
David Mog
Computer Tech II 


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