ManageBac Teacher Training in Dallas: Recap

September 30, 2016


A big thank you to Kim Kamin of Trinity High School for hosting an area-wide ManageBac training in Dallas on September 28th! IB Diploma coordinators from 10 Dallas-area schools participated in the day-long training.
The day began with differentiated learning. While some coordinators were new to ManageBac, others had been using the system for five or more years. To share knowledge and empower our learners, we began with each attendee identifying at least one aspect of ManageBac he/she felt comfortable with, and teaching it to a small group. 
After the small group work, we reconvened to discuss one of ManageBac’s biggest time-saving features for Diploma coordinators: IBIS exam registration. Since most of our coordinators in Dallas manage large cohorts of Anticipated, Course and Full Diploma candidates, our integration with IBIS helps to significantly streamline the registration process.
Our training also covered how ManageBac handles the Diploma core: CAS, EE, ToK. We rounded out the day by exploring other tools available on ManageBac, such as the calendar, group, and and messaging functions.
Thank you to all of our attendees! We are already looking forward to our next Dallas visit.
Interested in hosting a ManageBac workshop at your school? E-mail

Scheduled Downtime

September 27, 2016

ManageBac and OpenApply will be down for scheduled maintenance on Saturday Oct 1, 10am UTC – 12pm UTC.

Feature Friday

September 23, 2016

Diploma & Middle Years:

  • CAS/SA Supervisor Reviews: Supervisor emails are currently locked for student once the Experience/Activity has been approved. It can now be edited by Advisor or Coordinator.

Welcome New ManageBac Schools

September 16, 2016

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

New Schools MB - Sep 2016

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

Feature Friday

September 16, 2016


No new updates this week. Stay tuned for future updates!

Feature Friday

September 9, 2016


No new updates this week. Stay tuned for future updates!

Join us for a Complimentary ManageBac Diploma Workshop in Dallas, Texas!

September 7, 2016


We’re hosting a complimentary ManageBac Diploma workshop at Trinity High School in Dallas on September 28, 2016 from 2PM – 4PM. Registration will begin at 1:30PM.

Come explore the infinite possibilities of ManageBac for the Diploma Programme!

This workshop is for the beginner to advanced ManageBac user who is keen on learning more. The workshop will be focused on learning additional tips and tricks, troubleshooting, and Q&A with a ManageBac support specialist.

What is required?

  • A laptop
  • Questions for the ManageBac team

This event is free of charge.

Light refreshments are included. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.

Trinity High School
500 North Industrial Blvd
Euless, TX 76039

The event is capped at 30 participants. 
See you in Dallas!

Registration is Open! ManageBac User Group Conference Berlin

September 2, 2016


Registration for the third annual ManageBac User Group Conference in Europe is now open!

After welcoming over 150 participants from 80 IB World Schools to our ManageBac User Group Conference in The Hague, we are honoured to work with Berlin Brandenburg International School for our third conference on March 24-25, 2017.

Register Now

Based on feedback from our recent User Group Conference in Hong Kong, we will provide differentiation based on users’ existing ManageBac knowledge. The breakout sessions will indicate the ideal level of existing system knowledge. (e.g. a Level 1 breakout session would be geared for beginners, Level 2 for intermediate users, etc.)

We’re also excited to welcome our development team to the user group conference, so they can hear feature requests directly from our users.

If you are interested in speaking or facilitating at the conference, please send a brief proposal to Kevin Piersialla at before October 31, 2016.

What happened at the last conference in The Hague?

Click here.

Coming Soon: New Parent User Interface

September 2, 2016

New Parent UI

Early next week, we will release a new user interface for parents.

This is part of our on-going work to refresh and improve the ManageBac interface for all users, which began with the update to ManageBac Settings back in September 2015.

The new user interface was designed to:

  • simplify navigation (so you can get more done with fewer clicks)
  • improve usability for existing and first time users
  • move ManageBac towards a responsive layout that will support tablet (iPad + Android) and mobile usage

All functionality for parents on the new interface will remain unchanged.

Thank you for your patience with this new update. Our support team is standing by 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, in case you would like to send us feedback or request assistance.

We hope you find the new interface an improvement over the previous design, and look forward to rolling it out to additional user types over the coming months!

UPDATE: The new parent interface deployed on September 6, 2016. Our tutorials have been updated. We especially recommend this one helping parents navigate ManageBac.

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.

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