Category: Announcements

Join us in Shanghai for our first ManageBac User Group Conference!

May 16, 2014
We are pleased to announce our first ManageBac User Group Conference on Saturday, June 7 in Shanghai, China!

This professional development opportunity for IB coordinators and technology directors brings together current and prospective ManageBac users from across the region to focus on questions of system implementation. During the conference, ManageBac staff will also present the latest feature updates and provide hands-on support & training.

We are privileged to host speakers from Western International School of Shanghai, Shanghai Community International School, Shanghai United International School and Changchun American International School.

To register, and for more information click here. Hope to see you in Shanghai soon!

Feature Friday

May 16, 2014

We’ve made the following feature improvements this week:


  • Users > Roster > Students now allows searching by Student ID in addition to Student Name.

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  • You can now import the new student data fields found in the student profile. The CSV template containing all the fields can be downloaded  via Users > Import Students. The imported data automatically syncs to iSIS and OpenApply.

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  • Report cards are now nested within the Academic Years which they were generated for. If the report card does not contain academic term information (e.g. the term has been deleted, or was never assigned to the report), then the report will be nested below (Unknown Academic Year).
  • CAS and C&S interview notes are now available for students to view. This option is off by default, and can be toggled via Settings > General.

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Primary Years Programme:

  • We now offer adding an “Other” subject into the system via Settings > Primary Years > Subjects. Please contact us and request this subject option, and we will manually add the subject in for you.
  • The Programme of Inquiry PDF Export now includes the Learning Experiences selected from the units. The PDF export can be accessed via Inquiry > Export Programme of Inquiry.

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ManageBac Downtime

May 11, 2014

ManageBac went down as of 7:37AM HKT (GMT+8). We are back and running as of 8:44AM HKT (GMT +8). Total downtime lasted 67 minutes.

Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Feature Friday

May 9, 2014

We’ve made the following feature improvements this week: General:

  • Export Students & Parents now includes all the new fields available in student and parent profiles. The information can be exported via Users > Export Students & Parents.
  • PYP students can now be transferred from one school to another via Users > Student Transfer. The student’s Portfolio and Reports will carry over to the new school. Coursework will not carry over.

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MYP Gradebook Tip on Changing Task Types

May 8, 2014

Please note that changing the Type of an MYP Task from Formative to Summative or vice-versa will conceal any Assessments for that Task that have been made in the Gradebook.

While this can be reversed by changing the Task back to its original Type, the best practice is to not change the Type of an MYP Task after it has been Assessed in the Gradebook.

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Feature Friday

May 2, 2014

We’ve made several feature improvements this week:


  • Administrators can now enable or disable Teachers & Advisors from adding other teachers to a unit via Settings > General > Teachers & Advisors can edit unit authors.

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  • Students can no longer see Last Login of other students in classes and IB groups.

Diploma Programme

  • CAS out-of-school supervisors can now see the activity start- and end-date in a Supervisor Review.
  • Preferred Name, Gender, Free/Reduced Lunch, and Birthday fields are now included in IB Manager > Year Group > Plans > Export to Excel.
  • The Exam Calendar can now add up to three Exam Proctors per subject. More information, including step-by-step screenshots, can be found in our tutorial here.

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Middle Years Programme

  • In Next Chapter unit plans, under the Inquiry & Purpose tab, Key Concepts contributed by the specific subject now appear as underlined and bolded. This helps teachers provide a framework for the unit based on the IB subject guides.

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  • For example, Change, Communication, and Relationships are underlined and bolded as the Key Concepts contributed by the study of a Physical Education unit.

May Webinars: MYP Next Chapter

April 29, 2014

Curious about how Managebac is handling the transition to MYP Next Chapter? New and experienced ManageBac users are welcome to join us for webinars in May intended for IB MYP Coordinators and technology integration specialists.

Join us to see:

  • Step-by-step unit planning wizards for teachers with built-in IB curriculum information, including Global Contexts, Key & Related Concepts, AtLs, Objectives, Criteria, and more.
  • How previous units seamlessly transition to the Next Chapter. (No data loss, no migration headaches!)
  • In-depth curriculum analytics and whole-school curriculum mapping.
  • PDF export to the officially licensed, up-to-date IB MYP unit planner.
  • Real-time student & parent communication on ManageBac.

The webinars will be interactive with opportunity to provide direct feedback and connect with colleagues from around the globe. Each webinar will follow the same format and cover the same content.

Webinars are offered at the following times:
MAY 6 at 10AM HKT (UTC+8)
MAY 6 at 10AM CEST (UTC+1)
MAY 6 at 10AM EDT (UTC-4)

MAY 13 at 10AM HKT (UTC+8)
MAY 13 at 10AM CEST (UTC+1)
MAY 13 at 10AM EDT (UTC-4)

MAY 20 at 1PM HKT (UTC+8)
MAY 20 at 1PM CEST (UTC+1)
MAY 20 at 1PM EDT (UTC-4)

Find out how these times translate to your local time.

All webinars will be 45-60 minutes in length, and led by ManageBac staff, who will use an exemplar ManageBac account to demonstrate the Next Chapter changes.

Register now for an MYP Next Chapter ManageBac webinar!

Registration for the May 6 session will close on May 2 at midnight PST (GMT-7).
Registration for the other sessions will close on May 9 at midnight PST (GMT-7).

Feature Friday

April 18, 2014

We’ve made several feature improvements this week:


  • Term grades can now be locked via Settings > Reports > Proofing & Review.
  • INC can now be given a descriptor in the Grade Descriptor section of an MYP Report template.

Diploma Programme

  • Class Assignments can now be shown across all terms via Term > Show All. The feature was previously only available for MYP Tasks.
  • Admins, Teachers, and Advisors can now view a list of the exams that they have been assigned to proctor via IB Manager > Plans > Assigned Exams
  • Teachers and Advisors can now view the full list of exams (regardless of proctor) via IB Manager > Plans > Exam Calendar

Non-IB Classes

  • Non-IB Classes can now be filtered by Grade via Classes > Show All Classes

ManageBac & OpenApply Downtime

April 14, 2014

ManageBac and OpenApply are down as of 4:52PM HKT (GMT+8). Our hosting service is experiencing a network issue. We are all-hands on deck and will have further updates soon, both here and on Twitter (@managebac). This downtime is unrelated to HeartBleed.

Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused.

[Edit] We are back up and running as of 5:29PM HKT (GMT+8). Total downtime lasted 37 minutes.

ManageBac Site Visits in April and May 2014

April 14, 2014

IB Americas

5.5-5.9 Chicago, USA
5.5-5.12 Washington D.C., USA

IB Africa, Europe and the Middle East

4.17-4.18 Helsinki, Finland
4.20-4.29 Dubai, UAE
4.21-4.26 Seville, Spain for the ECIS Leadership Conference
4.28-4.30 Lisbon, Portugal
5.10-5.11 Oslo, Norway for the Nordic Network Conference

IB Asia Pacific

4.18-4.21 South Korea
5.12-5.30 China

If we’re planning to visit your area, and you’d like to meet with us, let us know and we will try our best to stop by.

Don’t see your area listed? Please feel free to contact us about the next planned visit to your region.

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