Category: Announcements

Group 4 IA Updates

October 21, 2014

Diploma Programme Group 4 Internal Assessment criteria have been updated.

The changes affect all Grade 9, 10, and 11 classes for the Biology, Chemistry, and Physics subjects. The IA tab user interface within each class accommodates the changes, including displaying the new criteria, total, and comments.

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The gradebook for these subjects has also been updated for these Grade 11 subjects. You can find additional guidance in our Marking an Investigation tutorial here.

Students can view their progress, upcoming and completed investigations.

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The PSOW form is not yet available for Grade 11 subjects. We will begin supporting the PSOW export when the IB has released the forms.

Feature Friday

October 17, 2014

We’ve made several improvements to the system this week:

General:

  • Reports templates now offer the ability to show or hide the school phone number on the report card.
  • Attendance Daily Digest and Homeroom Absence e-mails can now be sent to administrators as early as 7:00am.

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  • Classes can now take attendance in as much as 15 periods. This can be configured in Settings > Attendance > Settings.

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Middle Years:

  • The Personal Project and Community Project Academy Honesty Form is now available within the students’ Projects > Assessment tab. The form will automatically populate the Interview Notes as supervisor-student meetings and supervisor comment.

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  • ATL assessment is now included in term grade Excel exports.

Upcoming Changes:

  • Group 4 Internal Assessment criteria is scheduled to go live early next week.

From the Support Desk: Why is my unit not showing the Next Chapter information?

October 15, 2014

Once Next Chapter has been enabled via Settings > General, you will be able to create Next Chapter units for all classes. Please notify us at support@managebac.com to assist in enabling MYP Next Chapter for your school.

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Once the Inquiry & Purpose tab has been completed in the unit planner, the Next Chapter information will be visible in the Units overview page:

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If the old information is still showing via the Units tab in your class, this means that the Inquiry & Purpose page has not yet been completed in the unit planner:

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Book a time with us at IBAEM!

October 7, 2014

The ManageBac team is looking forward to the IBAEM conference in Rome on October 16-19!

Stop by our table any time during the conference to pickup our latest tutorials, brochures, and t-shirts, and get a firsthand look at our latest updates, including support for:

…as well as our admissions platform OpenApply and student information system InterSIS.

We will also be leading two 30-minute expo sessions on Friday and Saturday titled “Making the IB Continuum Happen: Effective systems for Planning, Assessment and Reporting.”

If you would like to meet with a representative for a longer 1-1 support session or demonstration of our newest features, please send an e-mail with your preferred date and time to support@managebac.com. Staff will be available before, during, and after the conference.

Whether we see you in the exhibit hall, during the expo session, or in a separate meeting, we’re excited to meet and hear from schools in IBAEM.

ManageBac at IBAEM

ManageBac team at IBAEM last year.

ManageBac t-shirts

Come pick up a t-shirt or two!

Feature Friday

October 3, 2014

We’ve made several improvements to the system this week:

General:

  • School exam sessions can no longer be changed within your General Settings. Please contact support@managebac.com if you need to change your exam session to May or November.
  • Timestamps are now available within class settings.

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Middle Years:

  • Personal Projects criteria have been updated.
  • Approaches to Learning (ATLs) have been updated in all subject term gradebooks. Within the term gradebook, select the ATLs to evaluate for each student on the right hand navigation.

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Primary Years:

  • Units of Inquiry will be omitted automatically from the report card if criteria, learning outcomes, and comments have not been added. Learning outcomes that are not assessed will be omitted automatically from the unit.
  • Related Concepts are now included in the Unit of Inquiry PDF export.

Upcoming Changes:

  • ManageBac Transcripts features will no longer be available beginning Friday, October 10. The module is going to be re-built and offered in InterSIS.
  • Updating the Group 4 Sciences internal assessment criteria. Estimated time of completion: Friday, October 10.
  • IBIS exam registration user experience improvements.

Welcome New ManageBac Schools!

October 1, 2014

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

2. Shanghai Shixi6. Rabat American School4. GEMS Al Khail7. Palmyra-Macedon5. Uskudar American Academy3. Dwight School London8. Enka Schools

  1. Shanghai Shixi High School
  2. Dwight School London
  3. Academic Cotopaxi American International School
  4. GEMS International School Al-Khail
  5. School for International Studies
  6. II Liceum Ogólnokształcące in Białystok
  7. UWC Dilijan
  8. Enka Schools
  9. The International School at Mesa del Sol
  10. Highland Middle School
  11. Hoover High School
  12. Uskudar American Academy
  13. Rabat American School
  14. VIP – Academy of Arts & Sciences
  15. Tempe Academy of International Studies
  16. Frederick Douglass High School
  17. Friendship-Woodridge Elementary
  18. Palmyra-Macedon
  19. Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
  20. John H. Reagan High School

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

Feature Friday

September 19, 2014

We’ve made several improvements to the system this week:

Diploma:

  • The Theory of Knowledge PPD is now available within the student’s ToK Worksheet via the Presentation tab.

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  • Students can now view archived CAS or SA activities.
  • Subject Group names have been updated.

Middle Years:

  • Interdisciplinary Units can now be planned. This can be done within a unit via Inquiry & Purpose > Summary and Mark as Interdisciplinary Unit. For more guidance, please refer to the guide on Creating MYP Interdisciplinary Unit Plans. Note: we will offer the PDF planner as soon as the IB has finalized the IDU planner template. IDUs on report cards will also be offered at a later time.

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Upcoming Changes:

  • Updating the Group 4 Sciences internal assessment criteria.
  • Updating MYP ATLs.
  • IBIS exam registration user experience improvements.
  • Diploma unit plans – Aims, Objectives, and Criteria.

Welcome New ManageBac Schools!

September 16, 2014

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

12. ACS Doha11. Harold M 10. Kristiansand

9. Baldwin 7. Robinson 5. C Leon King 4. Strawberry Crest 2. Grandby High School 1. St Edwards

  1. St. Edward’s Church of England School & Sixth Form College
  2. Granby High School
  3. DePriest Elementary School
  4. Strawberry Crest High School
  5. C Leon King High School
  6. Hillsborough High School
  7. Robinson High School
  8. Upper St. Clair High School
  9. Baldwin School of Puerto Rico
  10. Kristiansand International School
  11. Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School
  12. ACS Doha International School
  13. Sandia High School
  14. Toronto Ouest
  15. The Gulf English School
  16. Phorms Bilingual Gymnasium
  17. Post Oak High School

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

Feature Friday

September 5, 2014

We’ve made several improvements and changes to the system this week:

General:

  • The demo sandbox has been updated to reflect the 2014-2015 academic year. You are free to explore all features in the system across all user types (administrators, teachers, students, parents)!
  • Attendance: Count Holidays as Rotation Days now has dual functions. Clicking dates once will turn the calendar date to the color yellow and will not consume a rotation day. Clicking dates a second time will turn the calendar date blue and will consume one rotation day.

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Diploma Programme:

  • In Mathematical Studies DP unit plans, the syllabus content has been added.
  • Theory of Knowledge Prescribed Titles have been updated for May 2015.  The Areas of Knowledge have been updated to reflect the IB guide.

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Middle Years Programme:

  • Community Projects is now available. The guide to setting up Community Projects is available here. The guide to managing Community Projects is available here.

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  • The Subject Group Overview has replaced the Vertical Planner.
  • Within MYP Next Chapter units, Hours taught is now available in the Summary tab. The hours appear in both the unit overview page and the PDF export.
  • Within MYP Next Chapter units, the Reflections & Evaluation tab now supports questions to focus on. The checked questions appear in both the unit overview page and the PDF export.

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  • Curriculum Analytics: Global Context, Key Concepts, and Inquiry Questions elements are now offered.

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Upcoming Changes:

  • MYP Next Chapter interdisciplinary unit plans.
  • Updating the MYP Next Chapter final grade boundaries and ATLs.
  • Updating the Theory of Knowledge PPM form.
  • Updating the Group 4 Sciences internal assessment criteria.
  • Diploma unit plans – Aims, Objectives, and Criteria.
  • IBIS exam registration user experience improvements.

Welcome New ManageBac Schools!

September 1, 2014

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

Amadeus Angican International Cita Hati Christian St Stephens College

The AGA Khan AcademyGEMS Modern Academy

  1. St. Stephen’s College
  2. Aga Khan Academy Maputo
  3. Anglican International School Jerusalem
  4. Cita Hati Christian Senior School – West Campus
  5. Pinckneyville Middle School
  6. Advanced Learning Schools
  7. Amadeus International School Vienna
  8. GEMS Modern Academy
  9. International School of Verona

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



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