Announcing Integration Partnership with BridgeU

We’re delighted today to announce an integration partnership with BridgeU for university and careers guidance.

BridgeU’s platform empowers schools to manage the complex challenge of preparing and carrying out global university applications. By leveraging the power of big data and a suite of streamlined management tools, BridgeU helps reduce administrative costs, improve results, and increase student engagement. BridgeU supports student applications to the six most popular destinations for higher education: US, UK, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands.

Our partnership focuses on delivering a comprehensive technical integration, including:

  • single sign-on
  • streamlined account provisioning
  • information sync

This integration partnership reflects our on-going commitment to supporting IB Diploma students throughout their educational journeys, from applying to IB schools via OpenApply, to managing academics & extracurricular activities on ManageBac, and now with university & careers planning on BridgeU.

 

To learn more about BridgeU, please click here.

ManageBac User Group Conference Shanghai: Recap

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On May 20-21, we hosted our fifth annual ManageBac User Group Conference in Asia-Pacific at Shanghai Community International School – Hongqiao Campus (SCIS). We had the pleasure of welcoming 128 participants from 51 schools.

 

We were greeted on the first day of the conference by Head of School Katherine Brewer and Technology Coordinator Ross Orchard, followed by a company update from Managing Director Angelica Nierras. Participants then went straight into track-specific breakout sessions (i.e. IB programme, Technology, Achieving Buy-in, General, and Support Desk).

 

Sessions 1

Sessions 2

Day 1 cooled down with a Happy Hour in the courtyard. Then moved onto the French Concession for a taste of Yunnan at Lost Heaven.

Day 2 began with an introduction to our partners AssessPrep and BridgeU, followed by sessions focused on reporting and communication.

Sessions 5

Sessions 6

The final sessions after lunch provided a last round of Q&A for each IB programme, and a Technology job-alike.We had a great time connecting with new and longtime ManageBac schools. A huge thank you to SCIS for hosting us.

See more about the two days by tracking #mbconfsh on Twitter! View the full conference schedule hereThe presenters’ slides are attached as PDFs to each session.

Participants said:

“Practical knowledge and increased awareness of ManageBac as a completely new user.”

“Better holistic understanding of ManageBac and its value as a way of planning, assessing and communicating IB to new and experienced teachers as well as parents.”

“A great opportunity to share best practices and experiences.”

“The staff are all knowledgable, friendly, and helpful. The dinner was lovely!”

Scheduled ManageBac Server Maintenance

ManageBac will be unavailable as we perform server maintenance on Saturday, May 27 starting at 8AM UTC. The downtime is expected to last up to four hours. Thank you for your patience, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Student & Parent Password Requirements: Navigate to Settings > Access Permissions & Security to relax password requirements for students and / or parents. Please note that if you choose to allow weak password requirements, security risks will be higher and we do not recommend this. Click here for further guidance.

ManageBac Road Map

Our product road map is now available to view! Anyone can now navigate to our public road map to gain visibility into where we are focusing our resources in the coming year. Feel free to reach out to support@managebac.com with any feedback or questions.

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Announcing Streams: our new and improved Units, Assessment & Resources View

We are delighted to announce our new Stream view, which integrates Assessment tasks and resources under our Unit planners within classes.

Key highlights include:

  • Ability to sequence assessment tasks and resources under a Unit Plan. This new Stream view provides a sequence for the students to follow along their learning journey.
  • Resources can be marked as private (and only accessible to teachers) or shared with both students & parents.
  • Drag’n’drop allows for easy re-ordering of assessment tasks and resources.
  • Resources can now be linked between Assignments, Units > Resources and Class > Files, simplifying Files & Resource management. In other words, you won’t need to re-upload twice.

To learn more, browse our tutorial on Streams: Units, Assessment and Resources.

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  • Language Acquisition Phase added to Classes Export: Navigate to Classes > Export all Classes. The phase of Language Acquisition classes is now included on the Import Sheet of the Excel export.

Announcing Google Drive Integration

Today we released our new Google Drive and GDocs integration. Together with the improvements that deployed last week to Files & Resources sharing, it is now easier to collaborate on ManageBac across tasks, unit planners, and classes.

Students are now able to directly upload files from their Google Drive folders into their Portfolios or for coursework submission.

For teachers, these improvements allow for seamless sharing of files and resources within our curriculum-first class structure. Key highlights include:

  • When creating an assessment task, upload directly from GDrive or choose an existing file & resource from Class > Files or Unit > Resources.
  • Google Drive or Doc files added to ManageBac classes will automatically be retained in the Subject Resources allowing teachers to easily share between multiple classes
  • No need to separately login if your school already uses Google Apps.

Please see the following tutorials for further guidance on GDrive Integration:
Enabling Google Integration (Admins)
Uploading files from Google Drive (teachers)
Uploading files from Google Drive (students)

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Sharing Unit Resources with Students: Teachers can now share unit planning resources with students. Students can view shared resources in the unit plan as well as in the unit assignments / tasks. This update allows teachers to upload resources once and use them across assessments, units and classes. Please review our help tutorials for further guidance:

 

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