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ManageBac Breakfast Reminder!

July 23, 2015

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We’re looking forward to welcoming over 100 participants from 73 IB World Schools on July 24, 2015! As a friendly reminder, we’ve included a map of the venue, a schedule for the morning, and a list of participating schools.

Tweet questions, remarks or photos during the breakfast using the following hashtag:

@managebac              #mbbreakfast
…and feel free to bring your colleagues along!

Breakfast will run from 7AM – 9AM. The schedule is as follows:

7AM – 7:45AM:
7:45 – 8:15AM:
8:15AM – 8:30AM:
8:30AM – 9AM:
Registration and networking
Company update
Q&A
Networking
ManageBac Support will be available to answer any questions throughout the breakfast.​

It’s still not too late!

Book your spot today!

The James Chicago

The James – 55 East Ontario Street, Chicago


We are honoured to host over 100 educators from the following IB World Schools:

We’re excited to see you!

bacPoint Schools Join the ManageBac Community!

July 15, 2015

On August 1, we will welcome bacPoint schools into the ManageBac community. They will be joining over 1,700 other IB world schools who have chosen to manage their curriculum with ManageBac.

For the bacPoint schools, the transition will be seamless. User accounts and data will be migrated over at the end of July, with no extra costs incurred. We will be reaching out individually to organise online training sessions during the first week of August to provide personalised walkthroughs of the ManageBac service.

bacPoint schools in the southern hemisphere will have their information migrated in November, with similar personal training organised.

Announcing SSO Integration with Finalsite

July 13, 2015

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We are pleased to announce a new SSO partnership between Finalsite and ManageBac. This integration allows users to quickly switch between systems – either through our SSO Launchpad or the Finalsite portal.

To learn more about the integration, or to activate it on your ManageBac account, please e-mail us at support@managebac.com.

Join us at the IB Americas Conference in Chicago!

July 10, 2015

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We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at the IB Americas conference in Chicago from July 23 – July 26!

This year we’re excited to host a big Chicago-style breakfast in the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, just 10 minutes away from the conference center at The James.

This complimentary breakfast will run from 7AM – 9AM on Friday, July 24, and feature:

  • a walkthrough of the new IB e-coursework submission platform
  • an update on the new CAS guide
  • a look at the new IB Student Registry
  • new integration partnership announcements
  • networking with fellow IB coordinators

Book your spot today!

If you are not attending the IB Americas conference,
you are still welcome to join us for breakfast.

The James – 55 East Ontario Street, Chicago

Can’t join us for breakfast? Other ways to connect with us:

(1) Stop by our table at the conference.

We have updated information for the 2015 academic year, plus t-shirts, baseball caps, and other giveaways! To view the conference exhibition hall and our location, click here.

(2) Book a time.

Have ManageBac questions? We have answers, and a full team ready to help. Let us know when you’re available, and we’ll make sure to have someone dedicated to you. Just e-mail us at support@managebac.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!

ManageBac and OpenApply Maintenance Window on Tuesday, June 16

June 15, 2015

We will be conducting maintenance on Tuesday, June 16 between 12:00am-1:00am EDT  (GMT-4). The anticipated potential downtime within that window is 20 minutes. Thank you for your patience and apologies for any inconvenience!

Welcome New ManageBac Schools

June 2, 2015

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

Welcome New Schools Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School Bolton Academy Canandaigua Academy  School lyceum #6Pueblo East High SchoolCholla High Magnet School DPS-logo-mid  Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute Harvest Middle School Helendale Primary School International School Moshi, Arusha CampusChildren's International School MossLincoln College Preparatory AcademyOkinawa Shogaku High SchoolThe Heritage SchoolThuringia International School - WeimarInternational School of Islamabad  John Glenn Middle School Kang Chiao International School - Taipei Campus Lahore Grammar School International  Locke Elementary School Lyford Cay International SchoolGökkuşağı SchoolsStep by Step International SchoolEtonHouse International Pre-School Times Residence CDMiras International School, Astana

Northeast Elementary Notre Dame Academy

  1. AMA International School-Bahrain
  2. Antietam Elementary School
  3. Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School
  4. Bolton Academy
  5. Canandaigua Academy
  6. Children’s International School Moss
  7. Cholla High Magnet School
  8. DPS International
  9. Dunbar High School
  10. EtonHouse International Pre-School Times Residence CD
  11. Gökkuşağı Schools
  12. Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute
  13. Harvest Middle School
  14. Helendale Primary School
  15. International School Moshi – Arusha Campus
  16. International School Moshi – Moshi Campus
  17. International School of Almaty
  18. International School of Islamabad
  19. Ivan Green Primary School
  20. John Glenn Middle School
  21. Kang Chiao International School – Taipei Campus
  22. Lahore Grammar School International
  23. Laurelton Pardee Intermediate School
  24. Lincoln College Preparatory Academy
  25. Locke Elementary School
  26. Lyford Cay International School
  27. Miras International School, Astana
  28. Northeast Elementary
  29. Notre Dame Academy
  30. Okinawa Shogaku High School
  31. Pueblo East High School
  32. School lyceum #6
  33. Step by Step International School
  34. Tanglin Trust School
  35. The Heritage School
  36. Thuringia International School – Weimar
  37. Yogyakarta Independent School

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

Feature Friday

May 29, 2015

ManageBac

General
  • Importing non-IB students: Administrators can now bulk import non-IB students. Navigate to Users > Students > Import Students, write ‘Custom’ as the program under column I of the CSV template.
  • Export Homeroom Advisors: Homeroom Advisors can now export Advisory comments across all terms to Excel by navigating to Dashboard > Homeroom > click Export all Advisory Comments to Excel.
  • TurnItIn Similarity index: For schools who integrate with TurnItIn, Students and Teachers can now upload multiple files to the Task/Assignment dropbox and a TurnItIn similarity index will appear for each upload.
Diploma
  • Export starred CAS Reflections:  CAS Coordinators can now filter which reflections appear on the PDF export. Navigate to a student’s CAS worksheet, click View all Reflections & Evidence > Export Starred Reflections. (Note this is most critical for schools in IB Americas.)
Middle Years
  • Whole-School Curriculum Export: The Excel export of the whole-school curriculum now includes the subject level of each unit. Navigate to Dashboard > Curriculum > Middle Years > click Export to Excel.
  • Analytics > Key Concepts: IBO-recommended Key Concepts are now bolded in the Curriculum > Analytics view. These same Key Concepts are underlined in the unit planners under the Inquiry & Purpose tab.

OpenApply

  • Parents Filter: Administrators can now filter parents similarly to how students are filtered. From the Admin panel, navigate to Students > Parents and filter parents by key applicant information (eg. program and grade, status, gender, customised tags, location, and checklist). From there, you can export parents, activate parent accounts, enable notifications, and re-send welcome e-mails in bulk, as well as see a list of all orphaned parents.
  • Parent Notifications: Schools can now automatically enable email notifications for parents when they create an account. This is done by ticking the Receive Email Notification checkbox in the form editor. If this checkbox is left unchecked, it will appear on the application form for parents to choose whether or not to receive email notifications.
  • Parent Notification Note: The parent notification notes have been revised to the following generic format: “A note has been left for $applicant.” A link to view the note is also included. Parent first names are no longer used.

 

Registration Now Open: ManageBac User Group Conference in The Hague

May 25, 2015

Registration is now open for the second annual ManageBac User Group Conference in Europe! The conference will be held on February 26-27, 2016 at The International School of the Hague.

We will be offering four different tracks at the conference:

  • Diploma Programme
  • Middle Years Programme
  • Primary Years Programme
  • Technology

Sessions will be tightly focused on practical, actionable tips and strategies for implementing ManageBac and improving International Baccalaureate programme management, led by experienced school administrators. This year, sessions will be followed by workshops and Jobs-a-like.

If you are interested in speaking or facilitating at the conference, please send a brief proposal to Kevin Piersialla at kevin@managebac.com.

Conference Registration Fees

Early bird registration fee: $349 USD
Early bird registration fees apply to each participant who registers before December 18, 2015.

Registration fee: $499 USD
The regular registration fee applies to all participants who register between December 18, 2015 and February 5, 2016.

We thank The International School of the Hague for their gracious hosting of the event, and look forward to welcoming participants from around the globe to the conference.

Read about the last user group conference in Munich here.

Save the Date: Third Annual Admissions Conference in Singapore

May 21, 2015

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We are pleased to announce that the third annual OpenApply Admissions Conference in Asia-Pacific will be held on January 29 and January 30, 2016 at GEMS World Academy (Singapore)!

The conference provides an opportunity for admissions officers to network and learn from each other. Discover best admissions practices at leading international schools in Asia-Pacific and beyond and discuss common challenges facing admissions professionals in an international school environment.

Conference registration will open on August 15, 2015. More details to be announced soon.

If you are interested in speaking or facilitating at this admissions conference please send a brief proposal to Angelica Nierras at angelica@managebac.com.

We thank GEMS World Academy (Singapore) for graciously hosting the event, and look forward to welcoming participants from around the globe to the conference.

Read about the last admissions conference in Bangkok here.

Last Chance to Join Next Week’s Socials!

May 15, 2015

Don’t miss the following ManageBac and OpenApply Socials next week, all of which are free of charge. We hope to see you there!

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The ManageBac Social in London will take place on May 19, 2015 at International School of London (London) from 4PM to 7PM and will include:

 


 

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The ManageBac Social in Montreal will take place on May 20, 2015 at LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School from 4PM to 7PM and will include:

 


 

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The OpenApply Admissions Social in London will take place on May 21, 2015 at International School of London (London) from 4PM to 6PM and will include:

  • A short presentation from OpenApply staff including upcoming developments in 2015
  • A featured speaker from International School of London discussing best admissions practices and OpenApply implementation
  • Light refreshments and networking



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