After welcoming over 150 participants from 80 International Schools to our , 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 email@example.com before September 9, 2016.
*Registration will open on August 22, 2016.
On May 27, we held our inaugural ManageBac Reporting Workshop at . 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.
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!
Friday / July 15, 2016
||Food and Networking
||Panel Discussions by Experienced ManageBac Users
||Back to IB Americas Conference
7:30AM – 8:00AM
- Achieving Buy-in
- Tips on implementation
- Favorite Features
- Open Q&A
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.
Our servers will be down for maintenance on Saturday, May 28 from 9AM HK time (GMT+8). See how this translates to your local time here.
The maintenance window is planned for approximately 3 hours to perform a network upgrade (9AM-12:00PM GMT+8 | 1am-4am UCT). The downtime will affect both ManageBac and OpenApply, and address server capacity and network issues.
Thanks for your patience and enjoy the weekend!
In Washington, DC we welcomed participants from ten schools on May 11th, 2016, for our first ManageBac Workshops in the DC area. Thank you to Eastern High School for hosting.
We started with networking activities and a company update from ManageBac staff, followed by programme-specific workshops.
The breakout sessions allowed teachers, coordinators, and administrators to share best practices. Sessions focused on how to utilize ManageBac to the fullest while keeping students, teachers, and parents accountable and informed.
Setting up the gradebook and report cards were popular topics as many schools are transitioning to a criterion or standards based grading model. Amy Quinn, PYP Coordinator at Washington Yu Ying PCS, said, “Parents rave about ManageBac because they can login at anytime and access any report card they want!”
Curriculum mapping and assessment was also discussed. Dean Harris, IB Coordinator at Washington International School, explained, “Unit planners provide great guidance for MYP teachers at all levels of IB expertise.”
We thank our attendees and look forward to hosting many more ManageBac Workshops in America!
Interested in hosting a ManageBac Workshop at your school? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
On May 7-8, we hosted our fourth User Group Conference in Asia-Pacific at Hong Kong Academy. We were thrilled to welcome more than 150 participants from over 60 schools.
This was our first two-day conference in Asia-Pacific, which featured an expanded programme of keynotes and breakout sessions led by experienced school administrators, as well as a “Genius Bar” for ManageBac support.
The first day began with remarks from Hong Kong Academy’s Head of School Stephen Dare, and a keynote talk from Dana Watts, the Director of Innovation at 21st Century Learning, on breaking down silos within schools to empower authentic student learning.
The keynote was followed by a presentation from Hong Kong Academy’s Directory of Technology Andy Birch and MYP Coordinator Jennifer Swinehart, who shared their journey implementing ManageBac over the last six years. A company update from ManageBac followed, which included a product development roadmap for 2016.
Participants then went into programme-specific breakout sessions, including:
Following lunch, the afternoon breakout sessions included:
Participants then came back together for a workshop led by Melinda Alford & Hugo Drummond of Shen Wai
International School on engaging stakeholders in the use of ManageBac.
On the second day of the conference, the morning offered three talks:
Breakout sessions followed, focused on:
The final breakout sessions after lunch included:
Participants ended the conference with a Jobs-A-Like and Networking session.
We had a wonderful time connecting with our schools in Asia-Pacific, and are grateful to Hong Kong Academy for hosting us in their beautiful new campus.
Here are some photos from the conference:
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“For someone new to ManageBac it was very useful to pick brains. The presenters and experts were warm and helpful. A few of my concerns have been laid to rest.”
“It was one of the best conferences I’ve attended. Sessions were meaningful and focused and the keynotes were great.”
“The best conference I have been to in a long time. I loved that it was not just about ManageBac, but also allowed opportunities to communicate with others with similar pedagogical interests and then consider applying these through MB.“
At our user group conference in Hong Kong this past weekend, we provided a general company update, including a review of our service in 2015 and what we have planned for 2016. The slides are now available below.