Company Update in Yokohama

At the IB Asia-Pacific Conference in Yokohama our Managing Director provided a general company update, including a review of our service in 2016, an update on our recent releases, and information about our upcoming road map. The slides are now available below.

Join us at the IB Global Conference in Yokohama!

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at the IB Global Conference in Yokohama on March 29 – 31, 2017!

Come hear from us on our 2017 road map for ManageBac, including the new interface changes, Single-Sign-On updates, Google Drive integration, and partnership updates on iSAMS, AssessPrep, and Pamoja.

 

Ways to connect with us

Expo

1. Join our expo session
March 29, 2017 16:45-17:15 Rooms 416-417
March 31, 2017 13:45-14:15 Rooms 418

Our expo sessions will include updates on new features, new integrations, and an open Q&A.

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2. Stop by our table
March 29-31, 2017 Floor 3 GS1

We are here to help with any of your queries, plus bags, t-shirts, caps and other giveaways! We are located at booth Floor 3 GS1. To view our location, click here.

 

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3. Book a time at the event
March 29-31, 2017
Have ManageBac questions? We have answers, and a full team ready to help. Let us know when you’re available here and we’ll schedule you in.
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4. Book a time for a visit in Japan
April 3-7, 2017
Not attending the conference but in Japan and would like to meet with a ManageBac representative? Rebecca will be doing visits in Japan from April 3 to April 7. Fill in your details here and we will get back to you.
Hope to see you in Yokohama!

Update on iSAMS Integration

Phase 1 of the iSAMS-ManageBac integration is now ready for our schools.

Phase 1 includes a one-way sync of core student, parent and staff information from iSAMS into ManageBac. Below is a list of fields which sync from iSAMS to ManageBac.

If your school is using iSAMS, you can now enable integration via the iSAMS Control Panel > 3rd Party Integrations > Faria > ManageBac. Please contact ManageBac or iSAMS Support if you have further questions or would like to enable the integration.

Phase 2 of the integration will include two-way sync between ManageBac and iSAMS, to be followed by a three-way sync of data from OpenApply to iSAMS to ManageBac.

 

We continue to recommend iSAMS as the best information management system for our schools.

ManageBac User Group Conference Berlin: Recap

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On March 24-25, we hosted our third annual user group conference in Europe at Berlin Brandenburg International School (BBIS). We were thrilled to welcome more than 140 participants from 80 schools representing 35 countries.

 

The first conference day began with keynote presentations by Secondary Principal Michaela Jung on Technology & Learning, and an overview of ManageBac at BBIS from IT Advisor Golnoush RonasiA company update from ManageBac and partner update from Pamoja followed.

 

Participants then went into programme-specific breakout sessions, including:

After lunch, participants started Session 2, which included:
The day concluded with Session 3, which continued to focus on curriculum planning:
Participants ended the day with traditional German food & drink at Hotel Lindenbräu.

 

The second day of the conference began with a keynote on Innovation in Education by Peter Murphy, Director at Vienna International School, which challenged participants to consider how organisational structures support innovation.

 

The morning breakout sessions focused on assessment and included:
Session 5 commenced after a coffee break. Sessions focused on reporting and looking forward to the future.
After lunch, Session 6 options included:
The final sessions focused on Q&A wrap-up, and a mindfulness exercise.

 

We had a wonderful time connecting with our schools in Europe, and are grateful to Berlin Brandenburg International School for hosting us in their facilitiesSee more from the two days by tracking #mbconfberlin on Twitter!

 

View the full conference schedule hereThe presenters’ slides are attached as PDFs to each session.

 

Participants said:

“Thanks to the ManageBac team for a fantastic conference… lots learnt, lots to do (and the food was fabulous!)”

“It was a fantastic conference, very helpful. I am impressed by how interested the MB folks are in understanding users and our perspective, and then responding to our needs.”

“A quick word of thanks from a ManageBac delegate in Berlin. Your attention to detail made everything roll really smoothly throughout whilst giving us the right amount of independence.”

Company Update in Berlin

At our user group conference in Berlin this past weekend, we provided a general company update, including a review of our service in 2016, an update on our recent releases, and information about our upcoming road map. The slides are now available below.

Announcing Integration with AssessPrep for eAssessment Preparation

Our integration with AssessPrep is now available to all ManageBac schools, supporting eAssessment in the Diploma Programme (DP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP).

AssessPrep provides mock test creation, examination delivery, on-screen marking and exam analytics. The examination conditions directly mirror those provided by the IB in MYP eAssessment, including an offline application, a variety of question formats ranging from multiple choice to short answer questions, and interactive questions that incorporate labels, graphs, and flow-charts.

Teachers can easily mark exams, provide direct feedback to students, and review student progress through back-end analytics.

The integration between ManageBac and AssessPrep includes:

  • streamlined on-boarding with seamless transfer of teacher, class, and student data from ManageBac to AssessPrep
  • pre-populated IB DP & MYP syllabus topics by subject in AssessPrep
  • ability to directly create practice exams from ManageBac as a teacher
  • direct single-sign-on without the need to separately login via LaunchPad

To learn more about AssessPrep, contact us today at sales@managebac.com or schedule with our teams in EMEA or Asia-Pacific.

Announcing LTI Certification & a New Integration with Turnitin

Earlier this week, we announced our certification for the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) framework, which is a global standard for learning technology integrations created by IMS Global.

The new LTI integration has allowed us to offer a richer TurnItIn experience from within ManageBac.

Some of the key improvements include:

  • student access to originality reports
  • allowing upload for multiple drafts of the same assignment
  • accessing the Turnitin user interface and accessing all features, including PeerMark & Grademark
  • direct single-sign-on without the need to separately login

How do we switch to the new integration?
If your school is currently using the ManageBac-Turnitin integration, please contact support@managebac.com and migrations@turnitin.com to assist you with enabling the new LTI integration.

Please note that we recommend doing this as soon as possible. Previous assignments will not be affected by moving to the new integration. The old integration will be phased out from September 1, 2017.

We have never used Turnitin’s integration with ManageBac. How do we get started?
Learn more on our TurnitIn Partner page and browse our tutorial on enabling Turnitin integration. Please note that Turnitin charges an integration fee. We recommend first contacting Turnitin at tiisupport@turnitin.com to enable integrations on your account.

Join the Turnitin – ManageBac Webinar!
Turnitin and ManageBac will be hosting a free webinar on April 6, 2017 at 9:00 HK Time (GMT +08:00). Click here to join!

 

From the Support Desk: Managing CAS Experiences

CAS for the IB Diploma Core is managed in different ways at each school— some schools give students free reign to choose which experiences they are a part of while others assign these experiences to students. There are three recommended models for managing which CAS experiences your students are a part of through ManageBac: managed by student, managed by student & advisor and managed by advisor. We’ve outlined all three below to assist CAS coordinators in determining the best fit for your school.

 

Model 1: Managed by Student

In this scenario, students are solely in charge of adding their own CAS experiences. This is done on their end by going to IB Manager > CAS, and clicking Add CAS Experience.

They will manually fill out the form for their individual CAS experience and click Add CAS Experience, as seen below.

 Their CAS Advisor is notified via email when any new experiences are added and can mark the experience as Approved to indicate to the student that it fits CAS requirements.
This model works best for schools whose students are largely doing their own independent CAS experiences and projects.

 

Method 2: Managed by Student & Advisor
In this scenario, the Advisors add students to experience groups and students can then add the experience to their worksheets. Any advisor on your ManageBac account can add CAS projects or experiences via the Groups tab by clicking Add new group.
The Advisor then adds students to the group via the group Members tab by clicking Add Members.
Students can then select the group when adding a CAS experience from their CAS worksheet, which will auto-fill a large portion of their required information:
This model works best for schools whose students are doing a mixture of school-led and their own individual experiences.

 

Method 3: Managed by Advisor
Advisors can also control which experiences appear on student worksheets so that students never have to create their own experiences. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Click Groups > Add New Group
Step 2: Add Students to the group via the Members tab > Add Members
Step 3: Mark all experiences as Approved via the group Members tab
These experiences will then automatically appear on each of the student’s CAS worksheets as approved.
Students will still add their own reflections, but will never need to choose what experiences to include on their CAS worksheet. This model works best for schools whose students will be doing prescribed CAS experiences led by the school.
Notes on managing CAS via Groups
For experiences that are added to the student’s CAS worksheet via Method 2 & 3, CAS advisors can manage student CAS experiences entirely via the Groups tab instead of having to go through the IB Manager tab.
Please note that if your school has ticked the Lock Approved CAS/SA Activities box via Settings > Access Permissions & Security, this will prevent students from editing their experience further.
Click on the group Reflections tab to see how many reflections each student has added. Click on a student’s name to see their reflections in detail.
Review students in bulk via the group Reviews tab > Submit Reviews button. Here advisors can leave comments to review and mark experiences as completed.

Registration is Open! ManageBac User Group Conference Shanghai

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Registration for our fifth annual ManageBac User Group Conference in Asia-Pacific is now open!

After welcoming over 150 participants from 60 IB World Schools to our last conference in Hong Kong, we are honoured to work with Shanghai Community International School – Hongqiao Campus to host our next conference on May 20-21, 2017.

Register Now

It is an opportunity for schools to network, share best practices, and connect with the ManageBac team. We will offer programme-specific tracks as well as sessions oriented around ManageBac implementation with differentiation based on users’ existing experience.

Prior topics have included:

  • Managing the Diploma Core
  • Rethinking DP for Curriculum Planning
  • Building Quality Curriculum in the MYP
  • PYP Units of Inquiry and Collaborative Planning
  • DP, MYP, PYP Reporting

Our draft programme is available here.

If you are interested in speaking or facilitating at the conference, please send a brief proposal to Jo Massie at events@managebac.com before April 7, 2017.

What happened at the last conference in Hong Kong? Click here.

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