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Join us at the ManageBac Social in Guangzhou on April 16!

March 16, 2015

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                                                                              This event is free of charge. We hope to see you there!

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ManageBac Social Chicago: Recap

March 13, 2015

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In Chicago, we welcomed nine participants from five schools on March 12, 2015 at South Shore International for our very first ManageBac Social in the Chicago area!

We started off with a student panel, hearing from five current Diploma students and one Pre-Diploma student. Students explained how ManageBac helps them keep track of their IB classes and activities online.

One student said, “It helps keep me organized. It gives me an outline for my next two weeks and I love the colors! I like it better than our previous program because you can see the growth from the first assignment to the summative assignment.”

Lauren Luchessi and Amanda Freeman, the IB Coordinators at South Shore, then presented on how ManageBac was implemented with their faculty and students. Kristen Yenior, an MYP Art Teacher at South Shore, shared her techniques for using the unit planner, gradebook, and classroom management.

Kristen transitioned to the MYP curriculum just this year with her students and commented, “ManageBac is so organized, everything from unit planning and scoring criterion. I’ve heard the language change among students as well, they’re constantly asking about summative or formative assessments, criteria, and mastery!”

Best practices were then shared by administrators at South Shore that helped teachers, students, and parents get familiar with the IB curriculum and grading process.

The following discussion among teachers, coordinators, and administrators ranged from implementing new technologies and managing demands from parents, the district, and IB.

We appreciated the chance to meet some of the teachers and coordinators in Chicago, and we look forward to our upcoming socials and conferences!

Interested in registering for one of our socials? Click below.
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Feature Friday

March 13, 2015

We’ve made several improvements to ManageBac, OpenApply and InterSIS this week:

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General:

  • The Bulk Create Classes import can now assign multiple teachers to one class. To assign several teachers to the same class, list their emails in the same cell and separate by ”|”.
  • Internal notifications now display the full grade range for posted grades.
  • Parents can now be searched by e-mail address.

Diploma:

  • Added syllabus content for the Social and Cultural Anthropology subject.

Upcoming Changes:

  • Group 4 Internal Assessment PSOW for first assessment 2016 (Biology, Chemistry, Physics).
  • Attendance two day rotations.

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Applicant Profile:

  • The Enrollment Date is now available for both Admitted and Enrolled applicants.
  • The Files tab now indicates one of the five file upload origins:
    • Notes: file attached as a note by the administrator, or as a message by the parent in the Parent Dashboard.
    • Checklist: file attachment as part of a checklist requirement.
    • Profile: added by the administrator directly via the Files tab.
    • Forms: uploaded by the applicant or administrator via the form. The form field is also displayed.
    • E-mail: file attached from the administrator’s dropbox address.

Payments:

  • For invoice payments via credit card, the last four digits are now shown on the receipt.

Upcoming Changes:

  • Enrollment Summary Analytics, a page that replaces the Enrollment Analytics and allows viewing enrollment figures on a day-to-day basis.
  • Editing fields in bulk on the Student Roster.
  • Granular permission levels.
  • Bulk export student photos.

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Imports:

  • Historical transcripts can now be imported directly through InterSIS imports.

Exports:

  • Family records can now be exported via WYSIWYG.

Reports:

  • Reports can now be downloaded in bulk via PDF or ZIP files.

Join us at the ManageBac Social in Mexico City on April 16

March 12, 2015

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We are excited to host ManageBac Socials in 2015: a global series of networking events where you can share best practices, give us feedback, and connect with fellow IB coordinators and teachers. The ManageBac Social in Mexico City will take place on April 16, 2015 at the Edron Academy from 4PM to 7PM.

The event will include:

  • A short presentation from ManageBac staff including upcoming developments in 2015,
  • A featured speaker from the Edron Academy discussing best practices and ManageBac implementation,
  • Light refreshments and networking.

This event is free of charge. We hope to see you there!
To schedule a complimentary on-site ManageBac training session or demonstration, please click here.

Join us at the MB Social in Melbourne on April 14

March 12, 2015

We are excited to host ManageBac Socials in 2015: a global series of networking events where you can share best practices, give us feedback, and connect with fellow IB coordinators and teachers. The ManageBac Social in Melbourne will take place on April 14, 2015 at Wesley College’s St Kilda Campus from 4PM to 7PM.

The event will include:

  • A short presentation from ManageBac staff including upcoming developments in 2015,
  • A featured speaker from Wesley College discussing best practices and ManageBac implementation
  • A talk from The Art of Learning founder Lance King on Teaching ATL,
  • Light refreshments and networking.

This event is free of charge. We hope to see you there!
To schedule a complimentary on-site ManageBac training session or demonstration, please click here.

Last Chance to Register: MB Social in Chicago on March 12!

March 10, 2015

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We are looking forward to the ManageBac Social in Chicago on March 12, from 4PM to 7PM!

We are honored to be hosted by the South Shore International College Prep and look forward to welcoming participants from the following schools:

The event will include:

  • A short presentation from ManageBac staff on our updates for 2015, including the new IB e-coursework submission platform, the IB student registry, and a ManageBac user interface refresh this fall.
  • A featured speaker from the host school discussing best practices and ManageBac implementation.
  • Light refreshments and networking.

The social is free of charge. We hope to see you there!

To schedule a complimentary on-site training session or demonstration during the week of the social, please click here.
Want to host a social in your city? Email events@managebac.com.

iWeb Power Outage

March 6, 2015

Update: Power is back to iWeb data center, ManageBac is back up as of 7:40pm US Central time.

The iWeb data center in Montreal, where ManageBac is hosted, suffered a power failure at 12:35 pm PST:
http://blog.iweb.com/en/2015/03/incident-power-distribution-iweb-ne-data-center-2/14540.html

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We have been in touch with their system admin team, who are working with electricians to get power restored. We will keep you updated and hope to have all systems back up as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Feature Friday

March 6, 2015

We’ve made several improvements to ManageBac and OpenApply this week:

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Diploma:

  • For Unit plans, the Visual Arts subject has updated course aims, objectives & criteria and syllabus.
  • More than one work can now be selected in the Language & Literature Individual Oral Commentary, which is then shown on the internal assessment record form.

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  • Within the Extended Essay, students can now be filtered by progress indicators and essay subjects.
  • Within the Theory of Knowledge, students can now be filtered by progress indicators.

Upcoming Changes:

  • Group 4 Internal Assessment PSOW for first assessment 2016 (Biology, Chemistry, Physics).
  • Attendance two day rotations.
  • Internal Notifications displaying the full grade range for posted grades.

OpenApply

Dashboard:

  • Upcoming Tours now shows the programme that the family has scheduled a tour for.
  • Administrators can now subscribe to the Tours & Interview Calendar, which will sync the events one-way to Google Calendar or iCal.

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Student Roster:

  • Students can now be filtered based on the application form they are tied to.
  • Saving filters is now inclusive of ascending/descending column sorting.

Import & Export:

  • The Applied, Admitted, Wait-listed, Declined, Graduated, Withdrawn and Enrolled Dates can now be exported. The fields can be found within Settings > Import & Export > Extra Fields.
  • Within Settings > General, administrators can now specify whether the PDF Exports can be printer-friendly via Paper Application, or view-friendly via Online Application. The Online Application option is selected by default, which only exports fields that have been answered by applicants. The Paper Application is intended to print out a blank form in its entirety, which can then be filled out by applicants by hand.

Forms:

  • Tag Rules can now be added via Settings > Forms > Tags. Administrators can create rules tied to certain form fields. If an applicant or administrator meets the conditions of the rule, then the tag will automatically be applied to the student. The tag is available to view within both the Applicant Profile and the Student Roster.

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  • To prevent data loss, deleting any Tag Rules will not remove any tags that were applied under those rules.
  • To prevent adding tags unnecessarily, adding Tag Rules will not apply tags to students who fit the conditions.

Analytics:

  • Checklist Completion Analytics are now available. Schools can now view the number of completed, partial (in progress), and pending checklist items, separated by programmes.

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  • An updated version of Checklist Completion Analytics will allow users to click on the chart, which populates the list of students in the roster. Administrators can then send checklist reminders to selected students.

Upcoming Changes:

  • Enrollment Summary Analytics, a page that replaces the Enrollment Analytics and allows viewing enrollment figures on a day-to-day basis.
  • Showing the last four digits of the Credit Card number on the PDF Receipt for families.
  • Editing fields in bulk on the Student Roster.
  • Granular permission levels.

Downtime DDoS Recap (March 3, 2015)

March 4, 2015

Apologies for the downtime yesterday. We had a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) beginning at 9:08 am PST the morning of March 3rd.

The first incident caused intermittent downtime and took down a switch at the iWeb data center, which then blocked network traffic to our firewall and servers. Normally, we can block a simple DDoS by automatically banning the IP address at our firewall, but the magnitude of this DDoS attack (2+ Gbps) caused the network switch to fail.

Our team was in communication with iWeb’s Level 2 System Admin throughout this period and with their help, we were finally able to null route the DDoS traffic and rotate our server IP to get all systems back up at 1:26 pm PST (~4 hours and 18 min later).

There was no data loss for any of our users, and we are preparing to implement a DNS level DDoS mitigation tool this weekend, which we expect to supplement our existing firewall in helping us to more effectively defend against larger DDoS attacks.

We will be doing a 2-hour maintenance this weekend beginning at 6 am GMT on Saturday, March 7th. Uptime and security are critically important to us and we will make sure to keep you updated as we take additional steps. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

If the ‘ManageBac Maintenance’ screen is still showing in your account, please ask your IT department to flush the DNS cache and contact support@managebac.com if the issue persists.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Register: OA Social Ho Chi Minh City

March 4, 2015

We are looking forward to the ManageBac Social in Ho Chi Minh City on March 11, 2015 at 4PM!

We are honored to be hosted by the European International School Ho Chi Minh City and look forward to welcoming participants from the following Ho Chi Minh City schools:

The event will include:

 

This event is free of charge. We hope to see you there!

To schedule a complimentary on-site OpenApply training session or demonstration during the week of the social, click here.



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