Registration for the third annual ManageBac User Group Conference in Europe is now open!
After welcoming over 150 participants from 80 IB World Schools to our ManageBac User Group Conference in The Hague, we are honoured to work with Berlin Brandenburg International School for our third conference on March 24-25, 2017.
Based on feedback from our recent User Group Conference in Hong Kong, we will provide differentiation based on users’ existing ManageBac knowledge. The breakout sessions will indicate the ideal level of existing system knowledge. (e.g. a Level 1 breakout session would be geared for beginners, Level 2 for intermediate users, etc.)
We’re also excited to welcome our development team to the user group conference, so they can hear feature requests directly from our users.
If you are interested in speaking or facilitating at the conference, please send a brief proposal to Kevin Piersialla at firstname.lastname@example.org before October 31, 2016.
Early next week, we will release a new user interface for parents.
This is part of our on-going work to refresh and improve the ManageBac interface for all users, which began with the update to ManageBac Settings back in September 2015.
The new user interface was designed to:
- simplify navigation (so you can get more done with fewer clicks)
- improve usability for existing and first time users
- move ManageBac towards a responsive layout that will support tablet (iPad + Android) and mobile usage
All functionality for parents on the new interface will remain unchanged.
Thank you for your patience with this new update. Our support team is standing by 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, in case you would like to send us feedback or request assistance.
We hope you find the new interface an improvement over the previous design, and look forward to rolling it out to additional user types over the coming months!
UPDATE: The new parent interface deployed on September 6, 2016. Our tutorials have been updated. We especially recommend this one helping parents navigate ManageBac.
We’re pleased to announce a new update to the Attendance features on ManageBac.
Attendance settings are now unique by Programme and term. Highlights of the change include:
1. Programme-specific Settings
Attendance settings may now be customized by programme. For example, the IB Diploma Programme can use weekday attendance, while the Middle Years Programme uses a rotation cycle. In Primary, schools have the option of taking only Homeroom attendance, at the same time that the Secondary School is taking both Homeroom and Class attendance.
This also means each programme may have its own holiday calendar.
2. Programme-Specific Attendance Reminders
Never again will the Diploma teachers receive attendance reminders that were targeted for the Primary school!
3. Adjusted Rotation Cycle Start
For schools running a rotation cycle, you can adjust the first rotation day number of the term by clicking on the first date in the holiday calendar. (e.g. if you run a 5-day rotation, but your first day of school starts on Day 3 of the rotation.)
If your school is currently using our Attendance features, we strongly recommend that you navigate to Settings > Attendance > Programme-Level to double-check the Attendance configuration for each programme and academic term. Your prior Attendance settings have been copied over across all programme-level settings, but it’s best to double-check that the dates are consistent with your upcoming academic term dates.
Please note the new features do not affect teachers taking class & homeroom attendance. The interface and functions remain the same for them.
We hope you enjoy the new flexibility in attendance settings! For further reference, check out our tutorials and QuickStart Guide.
No new updates this week. Stay tuned for more information soon!
This year we welcomed over 120 educators at our annual IB Americas breakfast, as well as several of our new integration partners! We shared several exciting updates, including:
- A new tablet-friendly user interface, coming late Fall 2016 for students and parents, and early Spring 2017 for teachers and administrators.
- New integrations to come with Pamoja & AssessPrep
- An update on our upcoming Bookstore
We were also grateful to our three panel speakers, who shared their ManageBac implementation processes and experiences at their schools. A big thank you to:
Thank you to all who attended! If you missed it, we’ve linked our presentation document below. We hope to see you next year!
ManageBac Breakfast Presentation — Toronto 2016
We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at the IB Americas Conference in Toronto on July 14 – 17, 2016!
We have a strong road map for the second half of 2016 we’d like to share with you, including:
- the launch of our Bookstore & Digital Content
- a new parent & student UI
- integration with online IB course providers
- and more…
Ways to connect with us
1. ManageBac Breakfast
July 15, 2016
We’re hosting a complimentary breakfast from 7AM – 8:30AM — just a 5-minute walk from the conference venue. To view the schedule, click here.
2. Join our expo session
July 15, 2016
Our expo session will run from 5:15PM – 5:45PM in the Osgoode Ballroom. The session will include updates on new features, new integrations, and an open Q&A.
3. Stop by our table
July 14-17, 2016
We have updated information about the 2016-2017 academic year, plus t-shirts and other giveaways! We’re located at tables 31 & 32 in the Sheraton Hall. To view our location, click here.
4. Book a time
July 14-17, 2016
Have ManageBac questions? We have answers, and a full team ready to help. Let us know when you’re available by clicking here and we’ll schedule you in.
Hope to see you in Toronto!