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ManageBac on Rails 4!

January 24, 2015

Apologies today for the longer than expected maintenance. The required downtime for this important deployment exceeded our initial estimate of 2 hours, but maintenance was completed at 5:23 pm GMT today.

There was a minor unicode (UTF-8) issue involving smileys :) who would have thought? But that required us to begin a 2nd maintenance session at 3 pm GMT.

We are delighted to announce that ManageBac is now running on the latest version of Rails 4.2.

Our R&D team has been working very hard on this upgrade for the past 11 months, and while the front-end interface for ManageBac remains the same, this was an essential technical upgrade (akin to replacing the engine) encompassing the following:

  • Reduction of over 20k lines of code. Generally the more (or same) functionality in the least amount of code the better.
  • Automated test coverage now stands at 86%. This improves application reliability and allows us to run a suite of continuous integration tests on every new build to catch bugs and fix them before you ever notice them.
  • Memory usage improved by 4x, this greatly improves the ability of ManageBac to handle a higher load.

Thank you for your patience and understanding! As some of you who have submitted feature requests know, we had to pause major feature updates during code freeze because of the MB Rails 4 upgrade. From next week onward, we will be resuming normal feature development.

Last Chance for Early-Bird Registration: User Group Conference Munich

January 20, 2015

We are busy preparing for our first ManageBac User Group Conference in Munich on February 27-28, 2015.

MBUGC Munich

Bavarian International School is graciously hosting the event and we look forward to welcoming participants from schools across Europe, including:
  • Aarhus Academy for Global Education
  • ACS Hillingdon International School
  • Aiglon College
  • Amadeus International School Vienna
  • American International School of Bucharest
  • American International School of Vilnius
  • Anatolia College
  • Benjamin Franklin International School
  • Berlin Brandenburg International School
  • Berlin British School
  • Berlin Metropolitan School
  • Bonn International School
  • Campion School
  • Dane Court Grammar School
  • Danube International School Vienna
  • Dresden International School
  • English International School of Bratislava
  • Frankfurt International School
  • Heidelberg International School
  • Inter-Community School Zürich
  • International School Almere
  • International School Augsburg
  • International School Hannover Region
  • International School Het Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest
  • International School Hilversum
  • International School of Belgrade
  • International School of Berne
  • International School of Brussels
  • International School of Central Switzerland
  • International School of Nice
  • International School of Paris
  • International School of the Gothenburg Region (ISGR)
  • Jyvaskylan Lyseon lukio
  • La Cote International School
  • Munich International School
  • Oakham School
  • Østerbro International School
  • Phorms Bilingual Gymnasium
  • Rotterdam International Secondary School
  • St. Dominic’s International School
  • St. John’s International School
  • Stiftung Louisenlund
  • The International School of The Hague
  • Växjö Katedralskola
  • Vienna International School
  • Vittoria International School

The early-bird, all-inclusive registration fee is $349 USD.

Early-bird registration is available until January 22, 2015.

Register Now!

Please feel free to browse the conference schedule HERE.

We hope to welcome you in Munich!

P.S. Learn more about our recent ManageBac User Group Conference in Dubai.

Scheduled ManageBac Server Maintenance

January 20, 2015

ManageBac will be unavailable as we perform server maintenance this Saturday, January 24 from 4-5PM HKT (GMT+8). We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

OpenApply Feature Friday

January 16, 2015

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

Exports:

  • PDF Exports of all forms have improved spacing and formatting. All options for Checklist and Multiple Choice fields will appear on the PDF Export.

Payments:

  • PayPal Express Checkout is now a payment integration option in OpenApply. You can enter your API credentials via Settings > Payments. Families are able to pay by credit card without requiring a PayPal account.

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Upcoming Changes:

  • Tags rules to automatically apply to an applicant based on which field value has been selected on a given form.
    • For example, Does your child have any of the following allergies?
    • If “Legumes” has been selected on the form, automatically apply a tag called “Legumes Allergy” for the student.
  • Analytics: Enrollment Summary analytics to track the application status of all students in the system by date.
  • Analytics: Checklist Completion analytics to track the status of completed, ongoing, or to-be-completed checklist items per programme.
  • Standardized phone number formatting.

Save the Date: OpenApply Admissions Conference Bangkok

January 8, 2015

We’re excited to host our second annual admissions conference in Asia-Pacific at KIS International School in Bangkok!

OpenApply Admissions Conference 2015

March 13, 2015: Pre-conference for existing ManageBac & OpenApply users
March 14, 2015: Full-day conference (professional development and networking for admissions teams)

The early-bird, all-inclusive registration fee is $99 USD.

Register Now!

See what happened at last year’s conference:
Pictures
Schedule

We are accepting speaker proposals from now until January 31, 2015. Please email angelica@managebac.com with a brief description.

 

We hope to welcome you in Bangkok!

Scheduled ManageBac & OpenApply Server Maintenance

January 8, 2015

ManageBac and OpenApply will be unavailable as we perform server maintenance this Saturday, January 10 from 2-6PM HKT (GMT+8). We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Welcome New ManageBac Schools

December 31, 2014

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

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  1. Louis St. Laurent
  2. St. Clement Catholic Elementary/Junior High School
  3. HKCCCU Logos Academy
  4. SEK Catalunya International School
  5. Cornerstone Learning Community
  6. International School of Milan
  7. Sekolah Victory Plus
  8. Metropolitan School of Panama
  9. Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute
  10. The European Azerbaijan School
  11. Churchville-Chili Senior High School
  12. Citadel High School
  13. Shanghai Yue Kong Pao Senior Secondary School
  14. Colegio Arenas Atlántico
  15. Uruguayan American School
  16. Kolegium Europejskie
  17. Genesis Global School
  18. Blackwood High School
  19. Rigas Valsts 2. gimnazija
  20. Mott Hall Science and Technology Academy
  21. Travis Science Academy
  22. Scott Elementary
  23. International School Nadi
  24. Pledge Harbor International School
  25. Louisenlund
  26. Lancaster High School
  27. Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai
  28. Buhach Colony High School
  29. Rome International School
  30. Renton High School
  31. St. Mary’s High School
  32. Lyceum Kennedy – French American School
  33. Humble High School
  34. King Abdulaziz International School of Madina
  35. Marmara Egitim Kurumları (mek)
  36. Morris Brandon Elementary School
  37. Esfera Escola Internacional
  38. Kate Starr Kellogg School
  39. Lee’s Summit North High School
  40. French American International School
  41. Shanghai High School International Division

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

ManageBac Feature Friday

December 26, 2014

We’ve made the following improvement to the system this week:

Primary Years:

  • The Transdisciplinary Skills that have been covered within each Unit of Inquiry can now be displayed on the report card. This can be enabled within the report card template via the Summary of Achievement tab.

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ManageBac User Group Conference Dubai: Recap

December 15, 2014
On December 12-13, 2014, we hosted our first user group conference in the Middle East in Dubai, at GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis. We were thrilled to welcome over 90 participants from 20 different IB World Schools.

 

The day began with a keynote presentation by Principal and CEO Michael Gernon entitled “Are We There Yet?” The talk challenged participants to think about 21st century learning, and if their schools were helping develop the right skills and attitudes needed for the 21st century.
The keynote was followed by a general presentation from GEMS World Academy and our company updates. Our slides are available to view here.

 

After lunch, participants went into programme-specific breakout sessions, including:

  • Admissions: The Customer Journey by Sally Rummel, Director of Development and Admissions at Raha International School
  • Three Perspectives on the IBCC by Alexander Harrison of GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis, Peter Stoddart of Emirates International School Jumeirah, and Michael Worth of Greenfield Community School
  • MYP Next Chapter and Implementation by Carolyn Mason Parker of GEMS International School – Al Khail
  • Curriculum Planning, Assessment and School-to-Home Communication in PYP by Ali Ezzeddine of SEK International School Qatar
  • Establishing In-House Protocols by Brycen Davis of Istanbul International Community School
The day concluded with a hosted dinner at The Imperium at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.

 

On the second day of the conference, our keynote address was given by Lance King, founder of The Art of Learning, who led a spirited discussion of ATL skills.
The morning breakout sessions included:
  • Cross-Cultural Harmony in Admissions by Nivin El Aawar of ISL Qatar
  • DP Coordinator Meeting by Nausheen Arif of Emirates International School – Jumeirah
  • Further ATL Discussion with Lance King
  • Using ManageBac to Support PYP Learning by David Gerber of GEMS World Academy
  • Implementing ManageBac (and other technologies) by Farah Misquitta of Ecole Mondiale
The afternoon breakout sessions included:
  • Managing Expectations Across Admissions by Natalie Kvackova of International School Prague
  • Reporting for Diploma by Joe Hamkari of ISL Qatar
  • Assessment and Reporting in MYP by Andrew MacRae and Rhonda Zaharko of GEMS World Academy
  • PYP Reporting by Kirsten Anderson of Faria Systems
  • Flipping the Classroom by Frank Peterson of Raha International
We had a wonderful time connecting with our schools in Dubai! We were available throughout the conference to lend support, answer questions, and hear feedback. We are also very grateful to GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis for hosting us in their wonderful facilities.

 

For further information, you can:

Participants said:
“All the staff were fantastically helpful; the conference had a great atmosphere and the talks were inspirational and thought provoking.”
 “So impressed with you all. Really, I am really looking forward to working with you all now that I’ve met you. Thanks for the great opportunity!”
“Learning from other schools was helpful! Very interested to join another conference.”

 

Save the dates for our upcoming conferences!

Company Update in Dubai

December 15, 2014

At our user group conference in Dubai this past weekend, we provided a general company update, including a review of our service in 2014 and what we have planned for 2015. The slides are now available below.



  • Integrated Information Systems
    for International Education

  • Office Address

    Faria Systems Inc.
    548 Market St. #40438
    San Francisco, CA 94104
    USA

  • Taipei Branch Office
    2/F, No. 3, Lane 27
    Section 4, Ren'Ai Road
    Da'an District, Taipei 106
    Taiwan (R.O.C.)

  • Telephone

      +1 866 297 7022

      +44 208 133 7489


    E-mail

  •   +852 8175 8152

      +61 2 8006 2335