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Information Sciences & Technology

IST

 

The Information Sciences and Technology Department strives to stay ahead of the curve by allowing our students to use technology effectively in and outside of the classroom.  The program will empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process using various networking, programming, multimedia and digital design tools. 

 

According to the most recent World Economic Forum report, “Technological trends will create many new cross-functional roles for which employees will need both technical and social and analytical skills.” That is precisely the kind of combination of skills that La Salle’s Information Sciences and Technology Department delivers to our students.  Our students interface with current essential software programs and up-to-date hardware while learning how to analyze and collaborate with others to seek solutions to real-world problems. 

Our wide-ranging curriculum offers twenty-five electives with a focus on design thinking, collaboration, and innovation.  Students have in-school and at-home access to industry-standard software through Office 365, the Adobe Creative Cloud and AutoDesk as well as to various learning environments on campus including our state-of-the-art computer lab, Microsoft IT Academy networking and server lab, Video and Podcast Studio via WEXPtv and a Robotics lab. 

Our IST faculty engage their students by empowering student voices and encouraging creativity and critical thinking so that our students will be prepared for challenges not just in networking, programming, multimedia and digital design, robotics, and entrepreneurship but also for those “cross-functional” or complex intertwined academic and professional tasks that they will face in the future.  

The IST faculty eagerly seek out opportunities to improve their practice by building on top of their knowledge base, dedicating themselves to professional development, and working directly with industry experts in their fields.  In addition to all this, our IST faculty play a critical role for our whole faculty in that they serve as primary resources, collaborators, and models for us to leverage technology to improve student learning. 

We see the potential in all our students and embrace the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) standards, which aim to develop “Empowered Learners, Digital Citizens, Knowledge Constructors, Innovative Designers, Computational Thinkers, Creative Communicators, and Global Collaborators.” 

There is a lot going on at La Salle’s IST department and with good reason.  Students not only enjoy the content and challenges in the curriculum and the relationships they build with the faculty, but also they see their future possibly including the skills our school’s learning community espouses.

 

Information Sciences and Technology Faculty

Mr. Braden Bonner

Mr. Braden Bonner

Mrs. Keri Hoffman

Mrs. Keri Hoffman

Mr. Christopher Holwick

Mr. Christopher Holwick

Mr. Robert Johnson

Mr. Robert Johnson

Mr. Robert Macartney

Mr. Robert Macartney

Br. Joseph Macioce

Br. Joseph Macioce

Mr. Ryan McDowell

Mr. Ryan McDowell

Mr. Vishal Patel

Mr. Vishal Patel

Mr. Simon Pinder

Mr. Simon Pinder

Mr. Patrick Rose

Mr. Patrick Rose

Mr. Michael Sabatino

Mr. Michael Sabatino

Mr. Kurt Schollin

Mr. Kurt Schollin

Mr. Peter Sigmund

Mr. Peter Sigmund

Mr. Kevin Whitney

Mr. Kevin Whitney

Information Sciences and Technology Courses Offered

Introduction to IST (Freshman Requirement)

 

Content for the course is divided into four major units of study that include: an introduction to La Salle College High School’s computer network and technology resources; essential skills and application of both desktop and cloud-based productivity tools used to gather, evaluate and publish information in various digital formats; digital citizenship, where students will study the human, societal, and academic/scholarly issues related to the legal and responsible use of social media, technology and resources obtained online; and, an introduction into numerous disciplines within the information science and technology field, including computer programming, digital image editing, web site design, network administration and engineering design principles. This course is delivered utilizing a student-centered approach, where a combination of guided practice, independent investigation, and collaborative inquiry will be utilized to assist students with the acquisition of knowledge and skills, as well as the demonstration of their learning through various work products and assessments.

Installing and Configuring Windows Server (Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

(Offered in the first semester of 2020-21)

This course is intended for Students Interested in gaining a valuable industry-recognized certification. It is for students who have good knowledge of the Windows operating system and want to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to implement the core infrastructure services in an existing Windows Server 2012 environment. Although students would benefit from having some previous Windows Server experience, they must have good hands-on Windows Client experience with Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8. After completing this course, students will be able to: install and configure Windows Server 2012; describe Active Directory Domain Services and install a domain controller; create and configure user, group, and computer objects; use Windows PowerShell and other command-line tools to create and configure AD DS objects; configure IPv4 for simple scenarios; install and configure a DHCP server; install and configure DNS service; configure IPv6 for simple scenarios; configure local storage on a server; create and secure files shares and shared printers; create and manage Group Policy objects; secure Windows Servers by Using Group Policy Objects; and implement Server Virtualization with HyperV. This hybrid course meets three days per cycle, but students are expected to complete online work on the days the class is not in session.

Administering Windows Server (Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

 

(Offered in first semester of 2019-20)

(Corresponding Microsoft Certification Exam: 70-411, Administering Windows Server 2012) This course is intended for Information Technology (IT) Professionals with hands-on experience working in a Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 environment, who want to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to manage and maintain the core infrastructure required for a Windows Server 2012 environment. The key focus for students in this course is to broaden the initial deployment of Windows Server 2012 services and infrastructure and provide the skills necessary to manage and maintain a domain based Windows Server 2012 environment, such as user and group management, network access and data security. This hybrid course meets three days per cycle, but students are expected to complete online work on the days the class is not in session.

Configuring Advanced Windows Server Services (Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

 

(Offered in second semester of 2019-20) (Corresponding Microsoft Certification Exam: 70-412, Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services) This class provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. It covers implementing, managing, maintaining, and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment. Students will learn advanced configuration and service tasks for deploying, managing, and maintaining a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure. This includes identity management, network load balancing, business continuity, disaster recovery, fault tolerance, and rights management. This hybrid course meets three days per cycle, but students are expected to complete online work on the days the class is not in session.

Designing and Implementing Server Infrastructure (Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

NOTE: Offered in the second semester of 2020-21)

(Corresponding Microsoft Certification Exam 70-413)

This course is the most advanced Microsoft offering that is given at any Microsoft IT Academy or Microsoft Authorized training center. It will cover critical advanced Server Skills including: Server Deployment, Monitoring and Maintaining Servers, performance/security evaluation and optimization, as well as planning for continuity and high availability. The final portion of the class would be aimed towards creating a fully documented network deployment and disaster recovery plan. This hybrid course meets three days per cycle, but students are expected to complete online work on the days the class is not in session.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of course Windows Server Administration Fundamentals (98- 365) and at least two other IT Academy electives, which include IT Academy summer courses.

Network Management (Senior Elective)

This independent study allows students to work side-by-side with our Chief Information Officer in performing the daily maintenance on the La Salle Academic Network. The hands-on experience provides students the skills needed to run a 1200-user network.
Prerequisite: Students need to have at least two Official Microsoft Certifications and approval by the instructor.

1 Credit/full year

Introduction to Programming (Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

 

This course uses Visual Basic 2012, an object-oriented/event-driven language, to teach programming concepts. The student will learn Visual Basic 2008 tools to design Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications for the Personal Computer, PDA, Smart Phone, and Web Services. Students also learn how to create data-enabled and powerful client/server applications by using LINQ (Language Integrated Query) which adds data querying capabilities for SQL Server, XML, and objects to Visual Basic. NOTE: This course is offered in the first semester each year.

Prerequisite: B in Math and/or approval of instructor

JAVA Programming (Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

JAVA Programming is an introductory course in computer programming, using the JAVA programming language. JAVA is the official language for A.P. Computer Science. This course covers the fundamentals of programming in the JAVA programming, including variables, data types, operators, and control flow, as well as some of the special features of JAVA: Object Oriented Programming including classes and inheritance.
Prerequisite: Minimum B+ in a regular Math course or a B in an advanced Math course.

.5 Credit/semester

Advanced Placement Computer Science A (Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

 

NOTE: This course is offered in years beginning with odd numbers and alternates years with AP Computer Science Principles.

The course prepares the student to take the Advanced Placement Test in Computer Science in May. The official language is JAVA. Topics include: Programming Style, Run-Time Behavior, Structured Coding, Modular Design, Linear Data Structures, Linked Lists and Trees, Files, Debugging, Sorting Methods, etc. It is meant to be the equivalent of a first-year college-level Computer Science course. This course is geared towards students who want advanced computer programming. Novice programming students should gravitate towards the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course. (See below.) Note: As with all Advanced Placement courses at La Salle, students are expected to take the A.P. exam in May.

Prerequisite: B or higher in Java Programming course; a minimum of 3.0 GPA in math courses; or departmental approval.

Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

NOTE: This course is offered in years beginning with even numbers and alternates years with AP Computer Science.

This course teaches the fundamentals of computer science by addressing two concurrent themes: creativity and principles. The Creativity Themes include: computing as a creative activity, processing of data to create knowledge, levels of abstraction, managing complexity, computational thinking, programming (in processing language) and debugging. The Principles Themes include: data and information, algorithms, basic ideas behind technologies including computers, networks, search engines, and multimedia, social uses and abuses of information, and the foundations of privacy. This course is geared towards novice students of computer programming. Advanced programming students should gravitate towards the Advanced Placement Computer Science course. (See above.)

Note: As with all Advanced Placement courses at La Salle, students are expected to take the A.P. exam in May.

Prerequisite: a minimum of 3.0 GPA in math courses; departmental approval.

Digital Images with Adobe Photoshop (Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

(Offered in the first semester annually)
This course is the pre-requisite to the rest of the Multimedia, Print, and Web Design tracks at La Salle. A full eText of the latest version of “Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book” is available to students along with online training modules and project files through Pearson. Students will be prepared to take an Adobe Certification Exam upon completion of this course. Specific course topics include: basics of project management for visual communication; fundamentals of image composition; design elements and terminology; preparation of images for Web, print, and video production; the Adobe Photoshop interface; and how to create and manipulate images using Adobe Photoshop tools.

.5 Credit/semester

Mobile Video Production with Adobe Creative Cloud

This course will focus on the basics of multimedia design and video production using mobile technology and the Adobe Creative Cloud. Specific course topics include: basics of project management for multimedia production; fundamentals of video composition; video production elements and terminology; preparation of video files for TV, Web and social media; and understanding the Adobe Creative Cloud Video Tools. Students interested in getting involved with WEXP should enroll in this course. Students will have the option to take Adobe Certification Exam upon completion of this course.

NOTE: This hybrid course meets three days per cycle, but students are expected to complete online work on the days the class is not in session.

Prerequisite: Mobile device for video production (iOS or Android)

Advanced Multimedia Production (Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

This course is designed to build upon the first Multimedia course and introduce the student to advanced multimedia production techniques. Students will be trained as news producers/reporters and will be expected to create video content for WEXP and the La Salle Web site weekly. Assignments will be given and each student is responsible to complete them in a specific time period. Students will be required to produce content outside of the scheduled class time as necessary.
Prerequisite: Multimedia Production

1 Credit/full year

Multimedia Management (Independent Study, Junior / Senior Elective)

This independent study allows students to work side-by-side with our Director of Multimedia Technology to produce and manage digital content for WEXP and the La Salle Web site. This hands-on experience will allow students to assist in the daily management of a student-run TV station and gain valuable realworld experience in the constantly changing field of multimedia technology.
Prerequisite: Advanced Multimedia Production or approval from Director of Multimedia Technology.

1 Credit/full year

Web Design for Business (Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

This course will introduce students to the world of multi-channel web and digital marketing. Students will develop the advanced skills and marketing knowledge needed to identify, engage, and develop relationships with customers in today’s digital environment and how La Salle College High School uses these tools to engage the community internally and externally. Students will use the Adobe Creative Cloud suite as a part of this course.

NOTE: This hybrid course meets three days per cycle, but students are expected to complete online work on the days the class is not in session.

Prerequisite: Digital Images with Adobe Photoshop or approval from Director of Web Communications.

Advanced Web Design for Business (Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

NOTE: Scheduled to run in 2020-21

This course will build upon the web design fundamentals taught in the pre-requisite “Web Design with Adobe Dreamweaver” course. This course will specifically focus on some of the more complex elements of Web Design. Students will spend the semester designing a webpage of their choice. Building on the basics learned in 1070 Web Design, students will work individually and as team to produce, edit and publish a web page. Students will also get experience publishing content on the La Salle College High School Web Site and Managing La Salle's Content Management System.

Prerequisite: 1070 Web Design or Approval of Director of Web Communications.

Web Site Management (Independent Study, Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

This independent study allows students to work side-by-side with our Director of Web Communications to update and manage content for the La Salle College High School Web site. Independent projects will be developed based on each student’s strengths in content management, graphic design, and/or Web based programming

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Web Design and approval from Director of Web Communications.

1 Credit/full year

Print Design with Adobe InDesign (Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

 

(Tentatively scheduled to be offered in 2020-21) This course will build upon the digital design fundamentals taught in the pre-requisite “Digital Images with Photoshop” course. This course will specifically focus on the basics of print design and publication. A full eText of the latest version of “Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book” is available to students along with online training modules through Pearson. Students will be prepared to take an Adobe Certification Exam upon completion of this course. Specific course topics include: basics of project management for print publications; fundamentals of design for print media; print design elements and terminology; preparation of images for print publications; understanding the Adobe InDesign interface; how to create and publish print publications using Adobe InDesign. This hybrid course meets three days per cycle, but students are expected to complete online work on the days the class is not in session.

Prerequisite: Digital Images with Adobe Photoshop

Advanced Visual Communication Using Adobe Creative Cloud (Junior / Senior Elective)

 

(Tentatively scheduled to be offered in 2019-20) This course will build upon the fundamentals taught in the Adobe Creative Cloud certification courses. School-related projects will be assigned to advance a student's familiarity with the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of digital editing software and their ability to create graphics for print, video, and Web communications. Students interested in creating graphics to enhance La Salle's Web site, official social media channels, WEXP TV Studio, Newspaper, Yearbook, and Literary Magazine should consider taking this course. Specific course topics include: project management skills; advanced understanding of graphic design for both digital and print media; advanced understanding of design elements, design principles, and design terminology; advanced understanding of the Adobe Creative Cloud platform and software interfaces. This hybrid course meets three days per cycle, but students are expected to complete work on projects on the days the class is not in session.

Note: Students with Adobe Certifications will have priority for registering for this course.

Prerequisite: B or higher in courses 1050, 1060, or 1080; or approval from the Department Chair.

 

Print Design Management (Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

 

This independent study course allows students to work side-by-side with our Yearbook Moderators and print material curators to create, update and manage print content for La Salle College High School. Independent projects will be developed based on each student’s strengths in content management, graphic design, and print design.

Prerequisite: Digital Images with Adobe Photoshop and/or approval from the Department Chair or Moderator of the Yearbook.

Engineering Design (Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

 

This course is intended for students interested in investigating the broad disciplines of engineering and design. Students will be introduced to the most current Computer Aided Design (CAD) software being used by today’s architects, engineers and design professionals in order to create precision two dimensional (2D) drawings and technical illustrations. Students will also be introduced to threedimensional (3D) modeling software and explore the additive manufacturing process known as 3D printing. Upon successful completion of the course students will be prepared for college level CAD courses and have the opportunity to pursue an industry level certification in CAD. Class size will be restricted due to the design of the course. Upper classmen will receive preference.

Advanced Engineering Design (Sophomore / Junior / Senior Elective)

 

This course expands on the knowledge previously learned in the introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) class. Students will be using the most current professional design software to create detailed technical drawings and complex 3D models in a project based learning environment. Upon successful completion of the course students will gain a deeper knowledge of the CAD process, improve their proficiency and apply their skill to a real world application.

Prerequisite: Engineering Design

Principles of Engineering (Senior Elective)

This course is designed for seniors who want to explore the practical applications of math, science, technology, design, and more, found in the various traditional fields of engineering, e.g. civil, mechanical, and electrical, as well as some emerging fields, e.g. mechatronics. Student collaboration is essential to this course and developing collaboration and communication skills will be emphasized. The course will rely heavily on activity-, project-, and problem-based (APPB) learning. Students will need to complete a design process from identifying a problem, to initial concepts, to prototyping, to testing, to iterations, to communicating conclusions. In addition, there is an aim to expose students to some trending topics in the field and to include discussions with professionals within the engineering disciplines. Some proficiency using digital design software (developed in the Engineering Design course) is ideal but not necessary.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Having taken a Physics course Junior year or be enrolled in a Physics course for Senior year. Having taken or be concurrently taking Engineering Design is helpful, but not required.

Introduction to Robotics (Sophomore/Junior/Senior Elective)

This course is an introduction to Robotics using the VEX Robotics Design System platform. Students will learn the fundamental concepts of engineering design, project planning and robot programming. In a project-based learning environment, students will work in small groups to design, build, and test a small working robot. Throughout the course, students will gain knowledge in the areas of shop safety, proper tool usage and robot construction. In addition, students will explore basic engineering concepts such as electricity, torque, and gear ratios. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to work as a team to complete a given task and will be asked to analyze and investigate strategies to improve their robot’s performance. Students should have an interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math).

Note: Students involved with the Robotics Team will have preferred placement for this course.

Entrepreneurship (Senior Elective)

In this project-based course, seniors will be introduced to and gain practice applying industry leading methods of entrepreneurship. This course includes a capstone project that is interweaved throughout the curriculum and will provide the framework that drives course activities and deliverables throughout the semester. Ultimately, students will be tasked to work in small teams to develop an authentic business plan – these start-up business ideas can either be for-profit or social impact business ventures. Teams will begin their work by identifying a unique opportunity that connects with their interests and/or a problem they hope to solve. They will use the Design Thinking methodology to develop a deeper understanding of the problem and brainstorm solutions. During this initial phase, students will also research target markets and competitors. Teams will then incorporate principles of the Lean Startup methodology to create a business plan around their solution and to run rapid experiments that quickly test key assumptions. More specifically, teams will establish roles, sketch minimum viable prototypes, contact industry experts and create a project timeline and financial projections. The course wraps up with a Shark Tank-style elevator pitch, where students will present their prototype and pitch to an authentic audience of La Salle faculty, alumni, entrepreneurs and industry experts. Overall, this course not only introduces students to the methods and terminology of modern entrepreneurship, but will also help students hone and develop skills needed for success in their academic and professional lives. These include, but are not limited to: public speaking, financial and statistical analysis, creative problem solving, positive and productive team collaboration, grit, and perseverance.

Prerequisite: There are no pre-requisite courses or G.P.A. requirements for Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking. Students may, however, be asked to submit a brief essay, demonstrating their commitment to the team-based but self-driven rigorous nature of the course.