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Pruebe a ManageBac en Español en nuestra cuenta demo

May 12, 2015

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We’re happy to announce that our ManageBac demo account is now available to view in Spanish!

To enable the switch, click “ES” on the top navigation bar.

With three fully bilingual members of our team, we’re looking forward to supporting ManageBac in Spanish-speaking IB schools around the world. Read more about our company updates here. The Spanish version is available here.

Click here to schedule a demonstration with us in Spanish!


¡Nos enorgullece anunciar que la cuenta de prueba de ManageBac ahora esta disponible en Español!

Para cambiar la interfaz de usuario a Español, seleccione “ES” en la barra de navegación en la parte superior de la pagina.

Contando con los tres miembros de nuestro equipo que son completamente bilingües, estamoentusiasmados de poder proveer a ManageBac a las escuelas del BI Hispanohablantes alrededor del mundo. Infórmese sobre las actualizaciones de nuestra compañía aquí en Español, o aquí en Ingles.

Haz clic aquí para programar una demostración de ManageBac en Español!

 

Welcome New ManageBac Schools

May 5, 2015

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

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  1. Agoura High School
  2. Beecher Hills Elementary School
  3. Bolton Academy
  4. Carlsbad International School
  5. Cathedral and John Connon School
  6. Colegio Hebreo Monte Sinaí A.C.
  7. Damien High School
  8. Deerwood Academy
  9. E. Rivers Elementary School
  10. Esmond Elementary School
  11. European Gymnasium
  12. Frazier International Magnet School
  13. Garden Hills Elementary School
  14. Hansberry College Prep
  15. Inter-Community School Zürich
  16. International School Moshi, Arusha Campus
  17. International School Moshi, Moshi Campus
  18. Lynn-Rose Heights Private School
  19. Maynard H. Jackson High School
  20. North Atlanta High School/Sutton Middle School
  21. Portage Central High School
  22. Roots International Schools
  23. Sarah Smith Elementary School
  24. St John’s Anglican College
  25. St. Mary’s Secondary School
  26. The British School Rio de Janeiro, Urca
  27. The Regent’s School Pattaya
  28. Warren T. Jackson Elementary
  29. Wesley International Academy

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

Just Two Weeks Left to Join: ManageBac User Group Conference Mumbai

May 5, 2015

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There are only 14 days left to register for the ManageBac User Group Conference in Mumbai on Saturday, May 30!

We are grateful to be hosted at École Mondiale World School and welcome participants from:

We are privileged to host two keynote speakers:

Registration fee: $99 USD
Conference registration will close on May 19, 2015.

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. See the schedule here.

Learn more about our previous user group conferences:

ManageBac Social Beijing: Recap

April 27, 2015

On April 23, we had the pleasure of welcoming over 40 participants from 14 schools to Beijing City International School (BCIS).

The evening began with a flavourful buffet and socializing among the participants, followed by a company update presentation from Asia-Pacific’s Regional Director, RVenus Lai. We also announced our exciting partnership with iSAMS. Find out more here.

Next, Secondary School Principal Shawn Hutchinson welcomed us to BCIS and introduced Grade 12 Advisor Kevin Bradley who shared their journey implementing ManageBac at the school. They have been using the system since September 2012 to manage their Diploma and Middle Years programmes, produce term report cards, and record attendance. And earlier this year, they most recently adopted OpenApply to manage their Admissions process online.

Kevin clarified how crucial it was to have policies in place and clear expectations. Although there were bumps along the way, these related more so to the contextual complexities of the IB curriculum. ManageBac is now a key and reliable communication tool for teachers, students and parents.

Lance King, founder of the Art of Learning, closed the evening encouraging the development of an ATL skills program at their schools. He highlighted the importance of inquiry-based learning, as opposed to score-focused assessment systems schools are used to. “What if every exam was open book?” Lance asked.

For more resources on ATL from Lance, please click here.

It was a delightful evening full of conversation and a great opportunity to meet the fast-growing IB community in Beijing.

Here are some photos from the social:


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ManageBac Company Update in Singapore

April 24, 2015

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.

ManageBac Social Singapore: Recap

April 24, 2015

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:

 

ManageBac Social Lima: Recap

April 22, 2015

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.

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.
  • 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!

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!

 

Click here to see what we have planned in May!

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!

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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:

 

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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:

 

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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



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