Category: Support

Feature Friday

October 30, 2014

We’ve made improvements to the system this week:

Middle Years:

ATLs have been updated in the the unit planner to better reflect the relationship between knowledge and skills, objectives and learning experiences.

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In order for ATLs to populate:

1. At least one specific MYP Objective must be addressed in this unit. Select MYP Objects in the Assessment page.
2. At least one Knowledge or Skill must be addressed. Add Knowledge or Skills in the Backward Planning > Content page.

The MYP Unit Plan tutorial has been updated to reflect these changes and can be referenced here.

Feature Friday

October 17, 2014

We’ve made several improvements to the system this week:

General:

  • Reports templates now offer the ability to show or hide the school phone number on the report card.
  • Attendance Daily Digest and Homeroom Absence e-mails can now be sent to administrators as early as 7:00am.

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  • Classes can now take attendance in as much as 15 periods. This can be configured in Settings > Attendance > Settings.

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Middle Years:

  • The Personal Project and Community Project Academy Honesty Form is now available within the students’ Projects > Assessment tab. The form will automatically populate the Interview Notes as supervisor-student meetings and supervisor comment.

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  • ATL assessment is now included in term grade Excel exports.

Upcoming Changes:

  • Group 4 Internal Assessment criteria is scheduled to go live early next week.

From the Support Desk: Why is my unit not showing the Next Chapter information?

October 15, 2014

Once Next Chapter has been enabled via Settings > General, you will be able to create Next Chapter units for all classes. Please notify us at support@managebac.com to assist in enabling MYP Next Chapter for your school.

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Once the Inquiry & Purpose tab has been completed in the unit planner, the Next Chapter information will be visible in the Units overview page:

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If the old information is still showing via the Units tab in your class, this means that the Inquiry & Purpose page has not yet been completed in the unit planner:

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From the Support Desk: Adding Authors to Units

October 9, 2014

Units in ManageBac are designed to be planned collaboratively. Multiple teachers can be added as unit authors via the Add Author button in the unit planner.

MYP and DP:

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PYP:

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The dropdown will show a list of the teachers of the class. Before teachers can be added as unit authors, they must first be added as teachers of the class. You can add a teacher to a MYP or DP class via Overview > Edit Class Settings > Teachers > Add New Teacher.

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You can add a teacher to a PYP class via Inquiry > Class > Add Teacher.

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Book a time with us at IBAEM!

October 7, 2014

The ManageBac team is looking forward to the IBAEM conference in Rome on October 16-19!

Stop by our table any time during the conference to pickup our latest tutorials, brochures, and t-shirts, and get a firsthand look at our latest updates, including support for:

…as well as our admissions platform OpenApply and student information system InterSIS.

We will also be leading two 30-minute expo sessions on Friday and Saturday titled “Making the IB Continuum Happen: Effective systems for Planning, Assessment and Reporting.”

If you would like to meet with a representative for a longer 1-1 support session or demonstration of our newest features, please send an e-mail with your preferred date and time to support@managebac.com. Staff will be available before, during, and after the conference.

Whether we see you in the exhibit hall, during the expo session, or in a separate meeting, we’re excited to meet and hear from schools in IBAEM.

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ManageBac team at IBAEM last year.

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Come pick up a t-shirt or two!

Feature Friday

September 19, 2014

We’ve made several improvements to the system this week:

Diploma:

  • The Theory of Knowledge PPD is now available within the student’s ToK Worksheet via the Presentation tab.

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  • Students can now view archived CAS or SA activities.
  • Subject Group names have been updated.

Middle Years:

  • Interdisciplinary Units can now be planned. This can be done within a unit via Inquiry & Purpose > Summary and Mark as Interdisciplinary Unit. For more guidance, please refer to the guide on Creating MYP Interdisciplinary Unit Plans. Note: we will offer the PDF planner as soon as the IB has finalized the IDU planner template. IDUs on report cards will also be offered at a later time.

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Upcoming Changes:

  • Updating the Group 4 Sciences internal assessment criteria.
  • Updating MYP ATLs.
  • IBIS exam registration user experience improvements.
  • Diploma unit plans – Aims, Objectives, and Criteria.

From the Support Desk: MYP Language Acquisition (Part 3 of 3: Assessment)

September 16, 2014

When I create a task, it shows only one set of descriptors, but the task is for students at different phases.
In your gradebook, we can only show one set of descriptors. However, the descriptors shown to students and parents are based on the student’s phase. You can verify this by checking each individual student profile.

For example, in this screenshot Crispin received a 7 on Criterion A for the task Chinese Introductions. Crispin is taking the class at Phase 4.

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Max received a 7 on Criterion A for the same task, but you can see his descriptors are different because he is a Phase 3 student.

Language Acquisition MYP descriptors

How does this all look on report cards?
Same idea — we show the phase-specific information for each student. In the screenshot below, we automatically adjust the title of the class so that only Phase 3 shows, and the descriptors are all for Phase 3. (It’s Max’s report card.) Crispin’s report card would show Phase 4, and so on with the other students at different phases.

MYP Language Acquisition report card

Next:

From the Support Desk: MYP Language Acquisition (Part 2 of 3: Unit Planning)

September 16, 2014

I don’t see Related Concepts or Objectives when I plan my unit.

Please first complete the Inquiry and Purpose tab. Once you have selected your Key Concept and Global Context, and completed your Statement of Inquiry and Lines of Inquiry, click Next.

Under the Assessment tab, the objectives and criteria will be visible. To select objectives from additional phases, click Show All Phases.

MYP Language Acquisition Phases

Lastly, navigate back to the Inquiry & Purpose tab. The Related Concepts will now be available.

Next:

From the Support Desk: MYP Language Acquisition (Part 1 of 3: Setup)

September 16, 2014

I’m not seeing my subject offered.
We recommend an administrator on your account double-checks all enabled subjects under Settings > Middle Years > Subjects. For Language Acquisition subjects, please indicate the phases offered for each selected subject.

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I teach phases 1, 2, 3, and 4. How do I mark each student’s phase?
When you add a new class, make sure to indicate all phases taught within the class.

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Click on the Students tab to set the phase of each student.

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Next:

Feature Friday

September 5, 2014

We’ve made several improvements and changes to the system this week:

General:

  • The demo sandbox has been updated to reflect the 2014-2015 academic year. You are free to explore all features in the system across all user types (administrators, teachers, students, parents)!
  • Attendance: Count Holidays as Rotation Days now has dual functions. Clicking dates once will turn the calendar date to the color yellow and will not consume a rotation day. Clicking dates a second time will turn the calendar date blue and will consume one rotation day.

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Diploma Programme:

  • In Mathematical Studies DP unit plans, the syllabus content has been added.
  • Theory of Knowledge Prescribed Titles have been updated for May 2015.  The Areas of Knowledge have been updated to reflect the IB guide.

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Middle Years Programme:

  • Community Projects is now available. The guide to setting up Community Projects is available here. The guide to managing Community Projects is available here.

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  • The Subject Group Overview has replaced the Vertical Planner.
  • Within MYP Next Chapter units, Hours taught is now available in the Summary tab. The hours appear in both the unit overview page and the PDF export.
  • Within MYP Next Chapter units, the Reflections & Evaluation tab now supports questions to focus on. The checked questions appear in both the unit overview page and the PDF export.

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  • Curriculum Analytics: Global Context, Key Concepts, and Inquiry Questions elements are now offered.

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Upcoming Changes:

  • MYP Next Chapter interdisciplinary unit plans.
  • Updating the MYP Next Chapter final grade boundaries and ATLs.
  • Updating the Theory of Knowledge PPM form.
  • Updating the Group 4 Sciences internal assessment criteria.
  • Diploma unit plans – Aims, Objectives, and Criteria.
  • IBIS exam registration user experience improvements.


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