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iSAMS-ManageBac-OpenApply Integration Partnership

April 21, 2015

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.
  • 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!

ManageBac Social Guangzhou: Recap

April 18, 2015

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!





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Announcing our first Socials in London and Montreal!

April 17, 2015

We are delighted to announce the following ManageBac and OpenApply Socials in May, all of which are free of charge.
We hope to see you there!


The ManageBac Social in London will take place on May 19, 2015 at International School of London (London) from 4PM to 7PM and will include:




The ManageBac Social in Montreal will take place on May 20, 2015 at LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School from 4PM to 7PM and will include:



The OpenApply Admissions Social in London will take place on May 21, 2015 at International School of London (London) from 4PM to 6PM and will include:

  • 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

ManageBac Company Update in Mexico

April 17, 2015

At our user 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.

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ManageBac Social Mexico City: Recap

April 17, 2015

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:

ManageBac Social Melbourne: Recap

April 15, 2015

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:


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Registration Open for the ManageBac User Group Conference Mumbai

April 14, 2015

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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:

  • Technology
  • 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.

Learn more about our previous user group conferences:

Last Chance to Register for April’s Socials in Asia-Pacific!

April 13, 2015

Don’t miss out on these upcoming ManageBac and OpenApply Socials in April, all of which are free of charge.
We hope to see you there!

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.




The ManageBac Social in Guangzhou will take place on April 16, 2015 at the Guangzhou Nanfang International School (GNIS) from 4PM to 7PM. The event will include:

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



The ManageBac Social in Singapore will take place on April 22, 2015 at ISS International School from 4:30PM to 6:30PM. The event will include:

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



The OpenApply Social in Singapore will take place at the Singapore American School (SAS) from 4PM to 7PM. The event will include:

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



The ManageBac Social in Beijing will take place at the Beijing City International School from 6PM to 8PM. The event will include:

  • A short presentation from ManageBac staff, including upcoming developments in 2015,
  • A featured speaker from the Beijing City International School discussing best practices and ManageBac implementation,
  • A talk from The Art of Learning founder Lance King on Teaching AtL,
  • Light refreshments and networking.

Don’t miss these upcoming Socials in the Americas region!

April 6, 2015

We are delighted to announce the following ManageBac Socials in the Americas in April, all of which are free of charge.
We hope to see you there!



The ManageBac Social in Mexico City will take place on April 16, 2015 at the Edron Academy from 4PM to 7PM and 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.





The ManageBac Social in Lima will take place on April 20, 2015 at the Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt from 3:45PM to 5:45PM and will include:


Welcome New ManageBac Schools

March 30, 2015

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

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  1. Al Rayaan International School
  2. Beijing BISS International School
  3. Doshisha International School, Kyoto
  4. Garodia International Centre for Learning
  5. Iqra’a Bilingual School
  6. KISU – Kampala International School Uganda
  7. Mainadevi Bajaj International School
  8. Miras International School, Astana
  9. New School – International School of Georgia
  10. Sekolah Pelita Harapan Lippo Cikarang

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

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