At our ManageBac Social in Singapore on April 22, we provided a general company update, including a review of our service in 2014 and what we have planned for 2015. The slides are now available below.
On April 22, we were delighted to welcome over 40 participants from 13 schools to ISS International School in Singapore.
The afternoon began with food, drinks, and socializing among the participants, followed by a company update & presentation. We were especially excited to announce our partnership with iSAMS. Read more about the partnership here.
Next, Technology Group Leader Michael Taylor and Assistant High School Principal Nicola Zulu shared their story behind adopting and implementing ManageBac. Michael first saw the system in 2010 in Hong Kong, and was impressed by how easily parents could access the system to see real-time information on their children’s academic progress.
At ISS, ManageBac is used for curriculum planning, and the coordinators rely heavily on the curriculum analytics to practice self-reflection. The curriculum analytics on ManageBac allow them to see the whole-school coverage of skills and concepts.
Lastly, ISS uses ManageBac to generate electronic report cards. “Generating reports is now a 30-45 minute process,” said Michael, as he shared examples from the ISS account. “The kid also can’t crumple his report card in the bottom of his backpack to hide it from mom and dad, because ManageBac automatically notifies the parents when report cards are ready to view.”
The event ended with Q&A from participants with the ISS staff, snacks, and networking.
It was great to see so many familiar faces and to welcome some new ones at our Singapore event! Thanks again to ISS for being such excellent hosts.
Michael created an awesome video for the event!
See photos from the event here:
On April 20, we hosted a ManageBac Social at Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in Lima, Peru.
We provided a full company update to attendees, including an in-depth demonstration of ManageBac for the Diploma programme and our plans for 2015. The demonstration sparked conversation between attendees and the coordinators at Colegio Roosevelt, focused primarily on how Colegio Roosevelt optimizes features within ManageBac to manage their MYP and DP programmes.
Our visit to Peru also allowed us to visit several schools in the area such as Colegio Santa Ursula, St. George’s College and Hiram Bingham School to introduce them to ManageBac’s new Spanish-language interface.
We enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the IB Coordinators and discuss how ManageBac can accommodate their IB needs as well as Peruvian educational reporting.
Today we are pleased to announce our new integration partnership with iSAMS. Over the past year, we have gotten to know Alastair, Greg and Jamie well, and both our companies share a similar history with a common vision for the future.
iSAMS has become the management information system of choice for the world’s leading independent and international schools with over a decade of product R&D and a hard-earned reputation for excellence in both implementation and service.
Our partnership reflects our joint commitment to work together to reduce duplicative product development and to re-focus our R&D resources on core products. For us, this means returning our focus to ManageBac, OpenApply and Managed Services for the IB (i.e. the e-Coursework and the IB Student Registry systems).
Duplication in the past produced avoidable waste and in looking forward to 2015 and beyond, we want to ensure that our products are developed in a healthy and sustainable way and with sufficient scale.
Our partnership with iSAMS will strengthen both of our R&D capabilities, enhance our geographic support coverage (in Asia for iSAMS and in the EU region for us), and allow us to provide mutual schools with a superior solution that has both breadth of functionality and depth through years of R&D.
Specifically, our partnership will encompass:
- Single-Sign-On: to allow seamless access to iSAMS, ManageBac, OpenApply and partner integrations via our Launchpad.
- Data Synchronisation: to keep demographic data in sync across systems and to allow for import of timetables into ManageBac.
- OpenApply.co.uk: to provide online admissions for independent schools with local UK hosting and service.
We are looking forward to the summer and to the rollout of our new harmonised interface for ManageBac and OpenApply.
For existing schools using InterSIS, we will personally be in touch with you this week. Many of the base features in InterSIS, including behavior & discipline and transcripts, will return to ManageBac in conjunction with our planned interface harmonisation.
The underlying technologies form the basis of our data sync and identity management functionalities, and provide a way forward for us to develop further integrations and extend our single sign-on launchpad.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Our team is excited for 2016!
On April 16, we were thrilled to welcome over 30 participants from eight schools to Guangzhou Nanfang International School (GNIS) for a ManageBac Social. We were also happy to see several attendees who traveled from Hong Kong for the event!
The afternoon began with food, drinks, and socializing among the participants, followed by a company update & presentation from Managing Director Angelica Nierras.
Next, the Head of Primary at GNIS, Majesta Bianco, presented on the school’s experience with ManageBac. GNIS chose to move forward with ManageBac for the whole school in May 2014. After allowing teachers time over the summer to play around with the system, the school implemented ManageBac fully for all year levels when school started in August 2014.
She noted that the senior leadership team acted as “internal salesmen” selling ManageBac to the board, teachers, administrative staff, and parents. The arguments were different for each group, but centered on the system saving time and reducing the amount of manual data entry.
During the Q&A, participants asked about achieving buy-in, how to best upload unit planners, and how to use the system effectively in Chinese. Other colleagues from GNIS in attendance included PYP Coordinator Scott Whitely, ICT Coordinator Andrew Gill, Head of School Michael Urquhart, Head of Secondary John Benson, and several PYP teachers, all of whom were able to also address questions.
“One year down the line even our most reluctant IT users in the secondary school are comfortable,” said Head of Secondary John Benson.
After a quick break for food and beverages, our final presenter Lance King, founder of the Art of Learning, took the stage to walk participants through the process of developing an ATL skills program at their schools. He challenged participants to focus more on “doing” rather than planning, and to focus on just one ATL skill at a time, school-wide.
For more resources on ATL from Lance, please click here.
It was truly a pleasure to visit Guangzhou and meet the vibrant IB community there!
Click here to see what we have planned in May!
- A short presentation from ManageBac staff including upcoming developments in 2015
- A featured speaker from International School of London discussing best practices and ManageBac implementation
- Light refreshments and networking
- A short presentation from ManageBac staff, including upcoming developments in 2015
- A featured speaker from LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School discussing best practices and ManageBac implementation
- Light refreshments and networking
- 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
At our ManageBac Social in Mexico on April 16, we provided a general company update, including a review of our service in 2014 and what we have planned for 2015. The slides are now available below.
We were thrilled to announce a Spanish-language interface for ManageBac this past week at Edron Academy in Mexico City, at our ManageBac Social. The event was attended by 25 participants from seven schools.
We provided a full company update to the participants, including a review of our performance in 2014 and our plans for 2015.
IB Coordinator John Kelly, of Edron Academy, then discussed approaches to learning in a holistic, creative environment.
We then walked through ManageBac for the Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma in Spanish.
The demonstrations prompted an interactive discussion of how ManageBac helps to streamline Diploma requirements, focusing on CAS, TOK, EE and Group 1 & 2 classes. Coordinators particularly enjoyed seeing the PDF planners for the MYP and PYP programmes and looked forward to working collaboratively with colleagues.
We enjoyed the opportunity to meet the IB coordinators of the Mexico City area and look forward to working together in the near future!
Here are some photos from the social:
In Melbourne, we welcomed 11 participants from seven international schools on April 14, 2015 at Wesley College for our very first ManageBac Social in the Melbourne area!
We started off with a company update focused primarily on ManageBac, including the new user interface changes and new unit planners. This prompted an informal Q&A session and gave us a chance to hear feedback from the coordinators.
Rohan Chiu, the CAS Coordinator at Wesley College, then presented on how ManageBac was successfully implemented and used at Wesley College in order to methodically track student CAS activities.
Lance King, founder of “The Art of Learning“, gave a presentation on teaching students the necessary learning skills in order to better prepare them for life after school. The Art of Learning aims to provide skills and systems based solutions to academic underachievement. Through his courses, which to date have been delivered in 17 countries to over 180,000 students, teachers and parents, he helps participants learn the strategies, techniques and skills of effective learning so every learner can have the advantages of the world’s best.
Lance’s presentation allowed the participants to reflect on their own teaching strategies, personal experiences, and unique classrooms.
We appreciated the chance to meet some of the teachers and coordinators in Melbourne, and we look forward to our upcoming socials and conferences!
Here are some photos from the social:
We are looking forward to our first ManageBac User Group Conference in India on Saturday, May 30 in Mumbai!
We are grateful to be hosted at Ecole Mondiale World School and welcome participants from schools across Asia-Pacific.
The one-day conference will offer four different tracks:
- Diploma Programme
- Middle Years Programme
- Primary Years Programme
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.
We are privileged to host two keynote speakers:
Registration fee: $99 USD
Conference registration will close on May 19, 2015.