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Announcing Launchpad

March 10, 2016

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Today we have begun rollout of the LaunchPad Single-Sign-On with integration to the IB Student Registry, which allows DP, MYP and CP students to link their ManageBac accounts and move seamlessly between the two services. This rollout will be complete and available for all ManageBac schools in W3 March.

Release notes:

1. E-mail Validation

As a new or existing ManageBac user, students, parents and staff will be prompted to validate their e-mails. This means that e-mail addresses used for students must be valid (i.e. if you have preset student passwords, students will need to confirm their e-mail as a second mandatory step). Students who have not validated their e-mails will not be able to access the LaunchPad.

2. Authentication

Once validated, your accounts will be linked based on your e-mail address. This means that if you are a ManageBac Administrator and a ManageBac parent, you will be able to easily switch roles within a top navigation bar. In other words, you will not have to sign in and out each time.

Similarly, for any school groups, you will be able to access multiple school accounts from one single Administrator account via your LaunchPad.

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3. Security & Data Protection

This has been a major compliance topic affecting schools in the EU. In January 2016, following the EU-Safe Harbour rules being invalid, Faria has signed a separate EU Data Protection Agreement with the IB.

In addition, we have provided these agreements with individual schools as an additional assurance. We can also share our security policy and penetration test reports with schools on request. To learn more, please visit:http://managebac.com/systems and contact legal@managebac.com for our security reports & further questions.

4. Two-Factor Authentication

This will be a recommended Login option for Administrators beginning in April 2016. This will require SMS validation when signing in from a new location / new IP address. This provides ManageBac & OpenApply Administrators with an additional layer of security and peace of mind.

5. Design & Branding

Many schools have requested the ability to customise their Login page designs, so in April we will be introducing this option as part of the LaunchPad Administration Panel. We have a set of seasonal designs based on Four Seasons, which schools can use in place of their own design.

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Join us for a Complimentary Reporting Workshop in The Netherlands!

March 10, 2016

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Registration is now open for a complimentary one-day intensive reporting workshop at Het Rijnlands Lyceum International School in The Netherlands, on May 27, 2016.

Oegstgeest is just 20 minutes from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol! See directions here.

Come explore the infinite possibilities of ManageBac reporting, from progress reports to customised rubrics to one-off tips & tricks. This workshop is for the intermediate to the advanced ManageBac user who is keen to create stunning report cards. 

View the programme.

What is required?

  • A laptop
  • Samples of your ideal report card(s)
  • Good working knowledge of ManageBac (existing users only, please!)

This event is free of charge.

Lunch, light refreshments and dinner are all included. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation.

Address:
Het Rijnlands Lyceum International School
Apollolaan 1, 2341 BA
Oegstgeest, The Netherlands

The event is capped at 30 participants.

 

We are excited to return to The Netherlands after the ManageBac User Group Conference in The Hague earlier this year.

Participants said:

“Thank you! One of the strongest praises I give teachers/admin is how approachable you guys are online. Glad to see that continues in person!! Well done!”

“I enjoyed the conference and was glad to see a range of schools were using MB and the connection with the partners.”

“Thank you, this was a very valuable experience.”

 

*Read about our 2016 conference in The Hague here.

ManageBac User Group Conference The Hague: Recap

March 1, 2016
On February 26–27, we hosted our second user group conference in Europe at The International School of The Hague in The Netherlands. We were thrilled to welcome more than 150 participants from 80 schools.
The first conference day began with keynote presentations by The International School of The Hague‘s Deputy Head Simon Brooks and Principal of Secondary David Butcher, who examined how technology combined with effective teaching will enhance the experience of the learner in the modern classroom.
The keynote was followed by a presentation from Robin Hare and Dany Lira on ManageBac usage, policies and procedures at The International School of the Hague. A company update from ManageBac and partner updates from iSAMS and Finalsite followed.
After lunch, participants went into programme-specific breakout sessions, including:
In the late afternoon, ManageBac staff led programme-specific workshops. The day concluded with a hosted dinner at The Hague Marriott.
On the second day of the conference, the keynote address was given by Lance King, founder of The Art of Learning, who led a discussion on ATL and the Learning Revolution.
The morning breakout sessions included:
Following lunch, the afternoon breakout sessions included:
  • Leveraging Khan Academy for a New Learning Design by Dominic Liechti of Khan Lab School
  • Courage, Resilience and Failing Well by Lance King of The Art of Learning
  • Supporting Students Learning by Sharing Between Staff and Parents in the PYP by Andrea Bennett and Carmelo Sanchez of Sotogrande International School
  • Managing Growth and Transition with ManageBac by Mary Worrell of International School of Breda
Participants ended the conference with a Jobs-A-Like and Networking session. 
We had a wonderful time connecting with our schools in Europe! We were available throughout the conference to lend support, answer questions and hear feedback. We are also very grateful to The International School of The Hague for hosting us in their facilities.
Here are some photos from the conference:
For further information, you can:
Participants said:

“Thank you! One of the strongest praises I give teachers/admin is how approachable you guys are online. Glad to see that continues in person!! Well done!”

“I enjoyed the conference and was glad to see a range of schools were using MB and the connection with the partners.”

“Thank you, this was a very valuable experience.”

Welcome New ManageBac Schools

February 26, 2016

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

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

Feature Friday

February 19, 2016

ManageBac

General

  • IBIS eCoursework Integration: We are delighted to announce a new drag’n drop integration from the ManageBac portfolio to the IB e-Coursework system. This eliminates the need to download and re-upload files, reducing wait times and improving the user experience for Diploma coordinators, teachers and students. All files from Student Portfolios can be added directly to IBIS, along with recorded Orals for Subject Groups 1 and 2, and any submitted Assignments or Deadlines.
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  • ToK Prescribed Titles in Spanish: The TOK Prescribed titles are now available in Spanish for the schools that have Spanish enabled as their Default Language in School Settings.
  • Reports – Exam Grade Percentage: The Exam Grade Percentage Rubric is now enabled on the Class Reports Section of DP Reports. An additional Rubric will appear in Submit Term Grades. This can be included on Reports if enabled via Academic Terms and the Class Reports tab in the DP Reports template.

OpenApply

  • Hyperlinks to Form Payment Instructions: We can now include a hyperlink in the payment instructions for fees tied to forms. Set up your schools payment methods and payment instructions via Settings > Payments.

Downtime

February 15, 2016

As of 11:34AM (GMT+8) on February 15, 2016, our ManageBac servers are down. We are all-hands on deck investigating with urgency, and will have an update shortly.

[Update 12:39PM (GMT+8)] We have identified the source of the problem and our best estimate is now 1 hr. for the servers to be back up. Our most sincere apologies for the interruption in service. We will share more news as soon as we are able.

[Update 12:48PM (GMT+8)] We are back up, folks! The downtime was caused by a configuration error. We have updated our processes to ensure this does not happen again. Our sincere apologies, and thank you for your patience.

Spanish Report Cards

February 9, 2016

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We are pleased to announce that ManageBac report cards are now available in Spanish. Schools can choose their default language via Settings > School Settings.

If Spanish is selected as the default language, all of the built in text on PYP, MYP, and DP report cards will appear in Spanish. Schools can further translate their reports by updating terminology within the report card template and via Settings > School Settings > Terminology.

Top 5 Reasons to Join us in The Hague!

January 4, 2016

Register for your place at the ManageBac User Group Conference in the Hague today! Conference registration will close on February 5, 2016.

 

Why join us in the Hague? Our top five reasons:

1 Best Practices

How did your school implement ManageBac? How do you achieve staff buy-in? Train students, teachers, and parents? Come hear from leading international schools as they share their answers to these questions, and more.

 

2 Product Road Map

We’ll share our product road map for 2016, including direct integration with the IB e-Coursework submission platform, enhanced unit planners, more flexible reporting, a new online bookstore, and more! Come share your own feature requests.

 

3 Lance King and the ATL

Our keynote speaker Lance King has directly shaped the creation of ATL requirements in the IB CP, DP, and MYP. Hear from him directly during the keynote, and work with him in a smaller workshop to develop ATL implementation programmes.

 

4 Networking

Meet & mingle with your fellow academic coordinators, technology integration coordinators, and design teachers from schools all across the EMEA region. Dinner and drinks are on us! For the most updated list of attendees, click here.

 

5 ManageBac Support

Meet our friendly support team! Staff will be available throughout the conference to sit down with you 1-1 and answer your questions. We will also be leading a dedicated “Training the Trainer” session for advanced tips, tricks, and resources that you can bring back to your school.

Hope to see you there!

Announcing Behavior & Discipline

January 4, 2016

Today we are happy to announce the addition of Behavior & Discipline to ManageBac student profiles.

By default, the functions are OFF on your account, but an administrator can enable them under Settings > Behavior & Discipline.

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While under Settings, you can customize the types of incidents and actions taken. Make sure to Save Changes.

Once enabled, a “Behavior” tab will be visible on each student profile. This is accessible only to account administrators and the student’s homeroom teacher. Parents have read-only access to appropriate incidents via the ManageBac portal.

When adding an incident, the account administrator or homeroom teacher can indicate if it should be e-mailed / be visible to the parents. By default, the homeroom teacher is always notified.

Lastly, administrators may export all behavior information via Settings > School Directory > three dots > Export Behavior Incidents.

For further information and detailed screenshots, please see our tutorials here.

Behavior & Discipline will be free of charge on ManageBac from now until December 31, 2016. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any feedback or requests.

Feature Friday

January 1, 2016

ManageBac

General
  • Bulk Export Timetables for Students: Student Class Timetable PDFs can now be exported in bulk to a zip file by navigating to Classes > More Options > Bulk Generate Timetables for Students. The zip file will organise the PDFs by Grade level for each student.
  • Search Classes by ID: Search by Class ID under the search box via Classes > Search by class name or ID.
Middle Years
  • Additional Fields Available for Service as Action Reports: Additional fields can now be included in student SA Reports by navigating to the MYP Year Group > SA > Generate Reports > Select options under “Which fields you would like to display alongside the Activity name?”.
  • Disable ID Assessment by Class: The ID Criteria Assessment can be disabled in each class Gradebook by unchecking the “Show ID Assessment” checkbox.
  • Last Updated ID Assessment: Last updated ID Assessment details are now shown in each class Gradebook, including User, Date and Time.
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OpenApply

  • Automate Cc: on Notes and Emails: To ensure that you or other staff are automatically CC’d on any notes added on an applicant’s profile. Configure via Settings > Staff Directory > select profile and tick the “Automate Cc: on Notes and Emails via Applicant Profile” checkbox.

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