Feature Friday

January 13, 2017

ManageBac

No updates this week. Stay tuned!

Feature Friday

December 3, 2016
Diploma Programme
  • Locking Planning and Progress forms for EE and ToK: Student reflections will lock automatically 5 minutes after students save on the Planning and Progress form. Supervisors and Admins can unlock reflections for students via the student Planning and Progress tab.

Middle Years:

  • Customised ATL skill indicators: ATL skill indicators can be customised for your school by navigating to Settings > Middle Years Programme > ATL. Indicators can be selected in MYP Unit Planners and exported via Dashboard > Curriculum. Click here for further guidance.

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ManageBac Reporting Workshop in Hong Kong: Recap

November 11, 2016

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On November 11, we held a ManageBac Reporting Workshop at Hong Kong Academy (HKA) where we welcomed 34 participants from International Schools across Hong Kong and Southern China. It was open to ManageBac users as well as those interested in adopting the system at their school who wanted to learn more about creating stunning report cards.

The morning started with a company update from ManageBac Associate Jennifer Huang, followed by an implementation story from Andy Birch (Director of Technology) and Jennifer Swinehart (Director of Research and Development) on how HKA manage the reporting process; from developing a timeline to delegating responsibilities.

Thereafter, participants moved into DP & MYP, and PYP-specific sessions facilitated by the ManageBac team (Jennifer Huang and Kieran Tully). Topics covered included programme setup, using the gradebook (individual and term assessment), customising reporting templates, and generating reports. The day heard a variety of questions and feature requests (both reporting-related and general), and offered a great opportunity to network with neighboring schools to share and learn their best reporting practices.

Wouter Kolkman from Shen Wai International School said, “Great to exchange experiences and meet ManageBac staff”.

Thank you to HKA for hosting a enjoyable day, especially to Jennifer and Andy who made it all possible!

Here are some photos from the Workshop:

View the programme and download the presentations here.

 

If you’re interested to learn more about Report Cards on ManageBac, feel free to schedule a complimentary online Demo now!

ManageBac Reporting Workshop in Beijing: Recap

October 28, 2016

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On October 28, we held a ManageBac Reporting Workshop at the Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB). We were excited to welcome 44 participants from International Schools across Northern China. It was open to ManageBac users as well as those interested in adopting the system at their school who wanted to learn more about creating stunning report cards.

The day began with a warm welcome from Head of School at, Douglas K. Prescott, followed by a company update from Regional Director Asia-Pacific, RVenus Lai. We then moved into a full-day of programme-specific workshops run by the ManageBac team (RVenus Lai, Kieran Tully, and Daniel Doherty), starting from programme setup, understanding the gradebook (individual and term assessment), customising reporting templates, and generating reports.

Throughout the day there was opportunity to raise their toughest reporting questions, share their best practices, and learn from the experience of others. There was also time for general support questions, including unit planning, attendance, parent communication, and non-IB functionality.

Thank you to CISB for hosting a great day, especially to Marie Prescott who made it all possible!

Here are some photos from the Workshop:

View the programme and download the presentations here.

 

If you’re interested to learn more about Report Cards on ManageBac, feel free to schedule a complimentary online Demo now!

Join us for a Complimentary Reporting Workshop in Hong Kong!

October 11, 2016

We are hosting a complimentary one-day intensive reporting workshop at Hong Kong Academy on November 11, 2016.

Come explore the infinite possibilities of ManageBac reporting, from progress reports to customised rubrics to one-off tips & tricks. This workshop is open to anyone from an IB World School who is keen to create stunning report cards.

View the programme.

What is required?

  • A laptop
  • Samples of your ideal report card(s)

This event is free of charge.

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

Address:
Hong Kong Academy
33 Wai Man Road
Sai Kung New Territories
Hong Kong

*See what happened at our previous reporting workshop in The Netherlands here.

The event is capped at 30 participants.

Join us for a Complimentary Reporting Workshop in Beijing!

October 4, 2016

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We are hosting a complimentary one-day intensive reporting workshop at Canadian International School of Beijing in China, on October 28, 2016.

Come explore the infinite possibilities of ManageBac reporting, from progress reports to customised rubrics to one-off tips & tricks. This workshop is open to anyone from an IB World School who is keen to create stunning report cards.

View the programme.

What is required?

  • A laptop
  • Samples of your ideal report card(s)

This event is free of charge.

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

Address:
Canadian International School of Beijing
38 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100125, P.R. China

*See what happened at our previous reporting workshop in The Netherlands here.

The event is capped at 45 participants.

Join us at the IB AEM Conference in Barcelona!

October 3, 2016

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at the IB AEM Conference in Barcelona on October 6 – 8, 2016!

We have a strong road map for the 2016 – 2017 academic year we’d like to share with you, including:

Ways to connect with us

1. Stop by our table
October 6 – 8, 2016

We have updated information about the 2016-2017 academic year, plus t-shirts and other giveaways! We’re located at table 10 in the main exhibition hall. To view our location, click here.

2. Join our expo session
October 7, 2016

Meet our Managing Director at our expo session on Friday. The session will run from 13:40 – 14:10 and will include updates on new features, new integrations, and an open Q&A.

 

3. Book a time
October 6 – 8, 2016

Have ManageBac questions? We have answers, and a full team ready to help. Let us know when you’re available by clicking here and we’ll schedule you in.

4. Schedule a training
Anytime

Our friendly associates are available for online or onsite trainings at your convenience. Book an online training here and see our travel calendar here.

Hope to see you in Barcelona!

Feature Friday

September 23, 2016

Diploma & Middle Years:

  • CAS/SA Supervisor Reviews: Supervisor emails are currently locked for student once the Experience/Activity has been approved. It can now be edited by Advisor or Coordinator.

Registration is Open! ManageBac User Group Conference Berlin

September 2, 2016

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Registration for the third annual ManageBac User Group Conference in Europe is now open!

After welcoming over 150 participants from 80 IB World Schools to our ManageBac User Group Conference in The Hague, we are honoured to work with Berlin Brandenburg International School for our third conference on March 24-25, 2017.

Register Now

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’re also excited 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 kevin@managebac.com before October 31, 2016.

What happened at the last conference in The Hague?

Click here.

New Attendance Settings by Programme & Academic Term

August 22, 2016

We’re pleased to announce a new update to the Attendance features on ManageBac.

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Attendance settings are now unique by Programme and term. Highlights of the change include:

1. Programme-specific Settings

Attendance settings may now be customized by programme. For example, the IB Diploma Programme can use weekday attendance, while the Middle Years Programme uses a rotation cycle. In Primary, schools have the option of taking only Homeroom attendance, at the same time that the Secondary School is taking both Homeroom and Class attendance.

This also means each programme may have its own holiday calendar.

2. Programme-Specific Attendance Reminders

Never again will the Diploma teachers receive attendance reminders that were targeted for the Primary school!

3. Adjusted Rotation Cycle Start

For schools running a rotation cycle, you can adjust the first rotation day number of the term by clicking on the first date in the holiday calendar. (e.g. if you run a 5-day rotation, but your first day of school starts on Day 3 of the rotation.)

We Recommend…

If your school is currently using our Attendance features, we strongly recommend that you navigate to Settings > Attendance > Programme-Level to double-check the Attendance configuration for each programme and academic term. Your prior Attendance settings have been copied over across all programme-level settings, but it’s best to double-check that the dates are consistent with your upcoming academic term dates.

Please note the new features do not affect teachers taking class & homeroom attendance. The interface and functions remain the same for them.

We hope you enjoy the new flexibility in attendance settings! For further reference, check out our tutorials and QuickStart Guide.



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