New Attendance Settings by Programme & Academic Term

August 22, 2016

We’re pleased to announce a new update to the Attendance features on ManageBac.

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Attendance settings are now unique by Programme and term. Highlights of the change include:

1. Programme-specific Settings

Attendance settings may now be customized by programme. For example, the IB Diploma Programme can use weekday attendance, while the Middle Years Programme uses a rotation cycle. In Primary, schools have the option of taking only Homeroom attendance, at the same time that the Secondary School is taking both Homeroom and Class attendance.

This also means each programme may have its own holiday calendar.

2. Programme-Specific Attendance Reminders

Never again will the Diploma teachers receive attendance reminders that were targeted for the Primary school!

3. Adjusted Rotation Cycle Start

For schools running a rotation cycle, you can adjust the first rotation day number of the term by clicking on the first date in the holiday calendar. (e.g. if you run a 5-day rotation, but your first day of school starts on Day 3 of the rotation.)

We Recommend…

If your school is currently using our Attendance features, we strongly recommend that you navigate to Settings > Attendance > Programme-Level to double-check the Attendance configuration for each programme and academic term. Your prior Attendance settings have been copied over across all programme-level settings, but it’s best to double-check that the dates are consistent with your upcoming academic term dates.

Please note the new features do not affect teachers taking class & homeroom attendance. The interface and functions remain the same for them.

We hope you enjoy the new flexibility in attendance settings! For further reference, check out our tutorials and QuickStart Guide.

Feature Friday

August 19, 2016


Upcoming New Attendance Settings
Schools will soon be able to configure their Attendance Settings by programme and Academic Term. This means each programme can have their own holiday calendars, rotation schedules, and attendance categories. Furthermore, this means that full-continuum schools can use both homeroom and class attendance in DP & MYP while only taking Homeroom attendance in PYP.
Admins should see our Attendance QuickStart Guide and Tutorial for further information.
Video Tutorials 
We have just released Quick Start videos for Teachers and Administrators on our ManageBac Vimeo page. Feel free to share these with your staff as you kick-off the new academic year!


Disable Tours for the Landing Page
The tour button can now be disabled for the landing page, whilst still allowing tours to be scheduled from the checklist and via admin. This is a great feature if you want to schedule tours directly with families, without making them publicly available. This can be done by navigating to Settings > Admissions > Tours, and turning Display on Landing Page to ‘Off’.
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Calendar Export Enhancements
We’ve greatly expanded the amount of information that can be exported to CSV from the calendar. The CSV export now includes additional information relating to the student, such as their Grade, Enrolment Year, and Status. This means schools can get meaningful information from the calendar to share with colleagues outside of admissions.

Welcome New ManageBac Schools

August 16, 2016

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

New Schools MB - August 2016

We’re proud to support you this academic year and beyond!

Feature Friday

August 12, 2016
  • Archive Admins and Advisors with one click – Admins can now archive Advisors/Teachers and Admins with one click by navigating to Settings > School Directory > Select user type > tick the ‘Down Arrow’ icon to archive.

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Feature Friday

July 29, 2016

Diploma Programme:

  • Bulk Export all Unit Planners: Diploma Unit Planners can now be exported in bulk to a ZIP file in the Whole School Curriculum via Dashboard > Curriculum > Bulk Generate PDF Planners. The ZIP file is organised by class and teacher name. Click here for a tutorial on navigating the Whole School Curriculum.

Feature Friday

July 22, 2016

No new updates this week. Stay tuned for more information soon!

Welcome New ManageBac Schools

July 21, 2016

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

New Schools MB - July 2016

We’re proud to support you this academic year and beyond!

IB Americas: Toronto Breakfast Recap

July 19, 2016


This year we welcomed over 120 educators at our annual IB Americas breakfast, as well as several of our new integration partners! We shared several exciting updates, including:

  • A new tablet-friendly user interface, coming late Fall 2016 for students and parents, and early Spring 2017 for teachers and administrators.
  • New integrations to come with Pamoja & AssessPrep
  • An update on our upcoming Bookstore

We were also grateful to our three panel speakers, who shared their ManageBac implementation processes and experiences at their schools. A big thank you to:

Thank you to all who attended! If you missed it, we’ve linked our presentation document below. We hope to see you next year!

ManageBac Breakfast Presentation — Toronto 2016

Join us at the IB Americas Conference in Toronto!

July 12, 2016


We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at the IB Americas Conference in Toronto on July 14 – 17, 2016!

We have a strong road map for the second half of 2016 we’d like to share with you, including:

  • the launch of our Bookstore & Digital Content
  • a new parent & student UI
  • integration with online IB course providers
  • and more…


Ways to connect with us


1. ManageBac Breakfast
July 15, 2016

We’re hosting a complimentary breakfast from 7AM – 8:30AM — just a 5-minute walk from the conference venue. To view the schedule, click here.


2. Join our expo session
July 15, 2016

Our expo session will run from 5:15PM – 5:45PM in the Osgoode Ballroom. The session will include updates on new features, new integrations, and an open Q&A.



3. Stop by our table
July 14-17, 2016

We have updated information about the 2016-2017 academic year, plus t-shirts and other giveaways! We’re located at tables 31 & 32 in the Sheraton Hall. To view our location, click here.


4. Book a time
July 14-17, 2016

Have ManageBac questions? We have answers, and a full team ready to help. Let us know when you’re available by clicking here and we’ll schedule you in.

Hope to see you in Toronto!

Feature Friday

July 8, 2016
  • Download of Available Subjects: To help with the bulk creation of classes, a download of available subjects is available via Classes > Bulk Create Classes > Supported Subjects.
  • Send grades notification e-mail to Students & Parents: Teachers can now send grades notification emails to both Students and Parents via the Tasks/Assignments Gradebook.
Diploma Programme
  • New Plans User Interface: Student Plans Worksheets have been updated with a new look for choosing enabled Subjects.
Middle Years Programme
  • Horizontal orientation of Unit Planner PDFs: Back by popular demand, MYP Unit Planner PDFs are now generated with horizontal orientation.
  • ATL Skills Export: An export of Covered ATL Skills is now available via Dashboard > Curriculum > Middle Years > Export Covered ATL Skills.
Primary Years Programme
  • Text Box for Section 3 of the Unit Planner: An “Additional Notes” text box has been added to the Unit Planner to help teachers answer the question, “What are the possible ways of assessing student learning?” 
Diploma & Middle Years
  • Add CAS/SA Experience without Learning Outcomes: Students can now add Experiences/Activities without selecting Learning Outcomes.
  • CAS/SA Timeline Expanded: The Timeline for CAS/SA Activities has been moved below the student activities to provide a better view of which activities are long term and which are short term.

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