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Feature Friday

July 22, 2016

No new updates this week. Stay tuned for more information soon!

Welcome New ManageBac Schools

July 21, 2016

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

New Schools MB - July 2016

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

IB Americas: Toronto Breakfast Recap

July 19, 2016

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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

Join us at the IB Americas Conference in Toronto!

July 12, 2016

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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

Breakfast

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.

Expo

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.

 

Table

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.

Book

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!

Feature Friday

July 8, 2016
General
  • Download of Available Subjects: To help with the bulk creation of classes, a download of available subjects is available via Classes > Bulk Create Classes > Supported Subjects.
  • Send grades notification e-mail to Students & Parents: Teachers can now send grades notification emails to both Students and Parents via the Tasks/Assignments Gradebook.
Diploma Programme
  • New Plans User Interface: Student Plans Worksheets have been updated with a new look for choosing enabled Subjects.
Middle Years Programme
  • Horizontal orientation of Unit Planner PDFs: Back by popular demand, MYP Unit Planner PDFs are now generated with horizontal orientation.
  • ATL Skills Export: An export of Covered ATL Skills is now available via Dashboard > Curriculum > Middle Years > Export Covered ATL Skills.
Primary Years Programme
  • Text Box for Section 3 of the Unit Planner: An “Additional Notes” text box has been added to the Unit Planner to help teachers answer the question, “What are the possible ways of assessing student learning?” 
Diploma & Middle Years
  • Add CAS/SA Experience without Learning Outcomes: Students can now add Experiences/Activities without selecting Learning Outcomes.
  • CAS/SA Timeline Expanded: The Timeline for CAS/SA Activities has been moved below the student activities to provide a better view of which activities are long term and which are short term.

We’re delighted to announce an integration partnership with Pamoja!

July 4, 2016

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We are pleased to announce our new integration partnership with Pamoja, the sole provider of online International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) courses.

Benefits include:

  • Showcase Pamoja Online Courses: Display Pamoja courses alongside your face-to-face IB Diploma courses. Provide students & parents and Site-based Coordinators with one-click inquiry to register interest in Pamoja Online Courses.
  • Single-Sign-On to Pamoja: One-click access to Pamoja’s learning environment via Plan Worksheet or from the LaunchPad for Site-based Coordinators, Students and Parents.
  • One-click Inquiry: Register your interest in Pamoja online courses directly from within ManageBac’s plan registration worksheets.
  • Data Synchronisation: Final term grades and comments will be synced from Pamoja back to ManageBac, eliminating report card headaches.
  • Term Grades & Reporting: Streamline term reporting workflows for your Registrar & Academic team. Seamlessly roll-up and consolidate Pamoja Online Course grades into your report cards, while preserving your look & feel and subject group order.
  • IB Diploma Plan Worksheet: Rising MYP5 and DP1 students & parents can make better subject choices with easy access to DP subject details including the syllabus, aims & objectives, exam details, key deadlines & calendar. Responsive design allows for easy Plan completion on iPad and tablets.
  • IBIS Exam Registration: We will support registration for Pamoja online courses directly from within the ManageBac plan worksheet, so coordinators can complete their IBIS exam registrations seamlessly.

Get started for the 2016-2017 Academic Year!

Learn more.

Welcome New ManageBac Schools

June 16, 2016

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

New Schools MB - June 2016

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

Save the Date: ManageBac User Group Conference Berlin!

June 8, 2016

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After welcoming over 150 participants from 80 International Schools to our second User Group Conference in Europe at The International School of The Hague in The Netherlands, we are honoured to announce our third annual User Group Conference in Europe!

We are delighted to be working with Berlin Brandenburg International School to organise the conference on March 24 – 25, 2017.

Sessions will be tightly focused on practical, actionable tips and strategies for implementing ManageBac and improving International Baccalaureate programme management, let by experienced school administrators.

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 will also offer a fifth track (“Achieving buy-in”) that focuses exclusively on building stakeholder support for ManageBac implementation.

We’re also excited this year 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 kevin@managebac.com before September 9, 2016.

*Registration will open on August 22, 2016.

 

What happened at the last conference in The Hague?

Click here.

ManageBac Reporting Workshop in The Netherlands: Recap

June 1, 2016

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On May 27, we held our inaugural ManageBac Reporting Workshop at The International School Het Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest. We were thrilled to welcome nearly 30 participants from International Schools across the European Region to the School. Thank you to The International School Het Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest for hosting a great day!

Our Reporting Workshop was targeted at the intermediate to the advanced ManageBac user who wanted to learn more about creating stunning report cards.

We started with a company update from ManageBac staff, followed by a ManageBac report cards (HTML-intensive) session led by Eddie Zevallos from Copenhagen International School. We then moved into programme-specific workshops which included demonstrations, school scenarios, tips and discussions on PYP, MYP and DP reporting.

One of the most popular sessions to close out the day was the “Reporting tips, techniques and curveballs” session where everyone brought their toughest reporting questions to the table in an open forum. During this session, one of our most experienced users discovered how to generate report cards for his Diploma Certificate students separately from the report cards for full IB Diploma students.

Participants in the final Jobs-alike session were able to dive deeper into relevant reporting topics and share best practises from their own experiences.

Katie Najafabady from Ecole Internationale Montgomery said, “I just wanted to write to say a big “Thank you!!” for offering the Reporting Workshop on Friday. I learned a lot and made some wonderful connections.”

We had a great day and are planning to host Reporting Workshops in Europe and other regions again in the near future. Please let us know if your school is willing to host!

Here are some photos from the Workshop:

 

View the programme and download the presentations here.

Join us for breakfast at the IB Americas Conference in Toronto!

May 27, 2016

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Get fueled up for your second day of sessions at the IB Americas Conference! We’re pleased to announce our second annual ManageBac Breakfast in Toronto, Canada.

We’re proud to now serve over ​980 schools​ in the IB Americas region. Come hear from some of our most experienced ManageBac schools in the morning’s panel discussion, followed by a company update from our Managing Director. We have a strong road map for the second half of 2016, including the launch of our Bookstore & Digital Content, a new parent & student UI, and integration with online IB course providers.

This complimentary breakfast will take place from ​7AM-8:30AM on Friday, July 15, 2016 at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel​ — just a 5-minute walk from the IB Americas Conference venue!

Breakfast Schedule

Friday / July 15, 2016

07:00AM Food and Networking
07:30AM Panel Discussions by Experienced ManageBac Users
08:00AM Company Update
08:30AM Back to IB Americas Conference
Panel Discussions

7:30AM – 8:00AM

  • Achieving Buy-in
  • Tips on implementation
  • Favorite Features
  • Open Q&A
Company Update

08:00AM – 08:30AM

  • Year in Review
  • Roadmap for 2016
  • Upcoming Events
  • Open Q&A
ManageBac Support will be available to answer any questions throughout the breakfast.​
 The event is capped at 150 participants
& is free of charge.

See you in Toronto!

PS. See what happened at last year’s breakfast here.



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