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Information Technology

Bishop McNamara High School views Information Technology as a critical tool to provide students with a working knowledge of computer concepts as well as expose them to specific skillsets used in the business world. All students must complete one credit of Information Technology. The Computer Applications course teaches the use of common business applications such as Microsoft Office that can be used by students throughout their educational experience. The Computer Programming course introduces students to the world of programming using Java. The Web Design course introduces students to web design techniques. The Honors Cisco Network Administration courses mirror real-world Cisco classes offered around the country by institutions providing training to IT networking professionals.

The school has three computer labs to support the Information Technology curriculum. In addition, every classroom has technology capabilities such as traditional PC’s, short throw projectors, Apple TV’s and sound systems. Bishop McNamara implemented a 1:1 iPad Program further reinforcing their commitment to technology.

Information Technology Department Courses

Advanced Placement Computer Science (online)

Computer Applications

Computer Programming

Honors Cisco Network Administration (Level 1 and 2)

Web Design

Information Technology Department FAQs

What courses can students take that do not have a prerequisite?

There are no prerequisites for Computer Applications, Computer Programming, Web Design or Honors Cisco Network Administration I. However, the Cisco networking class is the same class taken for Cisco certifications in the business world and is not recommended for freshmen students.

How will the “Computer Applications” course benefit a student?

As a cross curriculum course, students will apply the skills learned in this class to other classes taken at Bishop McNamara and in college. These skills are transferable to virtually any internship or vocation chosen by the student.

Are the skills learned in the “Web Design” course marketable?

In today's world, there is an increasing demand for website designers. Students in this class have an opportunity to design, create and publish actual websites using current HTML and style sheet standards.

What topics are included in the “Cisco Network Administration I” course?

The Cisco Network Administration I class consists of two one semester courses: “Introduction to Networks” and “Routing and Switching Essentials”. At the completion of Cisco Network Administration I, students will have completed course requirements in preparation to take the Cisco Certified Entry Level Network Technician (CCENT) certification. The test is given at a variety of test locations throughout the country.

What is the benefit of taking the “Computer Programming” course?

Students in the Computer Programming class use Java to learn the fundamentals of programming. Java is a cross-platform, object-oriented programming language has become one of the most sought-after programming skills in the developer world.

Department Contacts

Jim Dillon | 1979
Director of IT, IT Department Chair
Eaunte Ellis
Technical Support Analyst
George London
Armani Mason-Callaway | 2009
Monica Stanley
Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934
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