ManageBac Product Roadmap & Changelog

Powering the IB Continuum, teaching and learning at schools worldwide.

RELEASED

Curriculum First Programmes Unification

 This will be the completion of our architectural work to unify and align all curriculum programmes since 2016 under a common data model and feature-set. PYP was completed in July 2019 and MYP in March 2020. DP will be completed in Spring 2020 to fully harmonise our programmes into the C1 model providing greater consistency, broader functionality, and enabling us to develop new features for all programmes uniformly.

ManageBac for Android App
We are delighted to announce the release of the redesigned ManageBac Mobile for Android on the Google Play Store. The Android app supports all user types including students, parents, teachers, coordinators and admins across all curriculum programmes with an improved mobile experience for all key functions including: attendance tracking, classroom management, messaging, managing CAS, Core, Service Learning and Project-based Learning.
New Look and Feel: Menu Themes

With our new menu themes to choose from, you can now personalize your school menu colours to match your school branding.

Enhanced Student Portfolios

Available for all programmes including a new Bulk Add feature to allow Teachers to quickly add resources into multiple student portfolios, goal setting with report card integration, and coursework timeline with ability to comment, star & link connections.

Academic Standards & Curriculum Updates

Together with Atlas & ManageBac, we are delighted to now provide over 607 sets of academic & accreditation standards and benchmarks to our schools comprising the world’s largest indexed collection of over 1.5 million fully-licensed academic standards.

Resend Welcome Emails
This feature improves existing Resend Welcome Emails functionality, so now Admin users are able to specify Year Groups which shall receive Welcome Emails. These mails will be sent for all the students from selected groups, which have never logged in before to ManageBac.
May 2020 IB eCoursework Submission

Following the IB’s announcement that May 2020 Examinations will no longer be held, schools are now able to seamlessly submit their Internal Assessment coursework samples and completed Internal Assessment forms to the IB eCoursework system via ManageBac, completely free of charge for all IB DP and CP schools globally for the May 2020 Exam Session.

MYP Unit Planner Update

The MYP Unit Planners have been updated to resemble the unit planners of PYP Next and all other Curriculum First programmes. The main feature improvements include: in-line editing, real time editing, and a new look for the unit components.

Curriculum Analytics and Whole-School Curriculum

Browse a unified overview for each curriculum programme including a Unit Calendar, Whole-School Curriculum Map and Analytics for individual components such as the Learner Profile, ATL Skills, Transdisciplinary Theme and Standards Coverage.

Transcripts Improvements

Several small improvements have been made to Transcripts. They include ability to customise the transcript title, ability to add and customise grade descriptors for each programme, and an update to the compact transcript layout.

Global Search

Global Search enables instant access to everything that matters in the way you organise your work across ManageBac. You can read more here.

Student Portfolio Redesign

Within the new Portfolios, you will find several key updates including: a new Timeline view, integrated Learning Goals & Reflections, and Comment, Like, Star & Share together with New Resource Types.

Learn more about the Portfolio Redesign.

Split-screen Gradebook

Educators can now grade everything on one screen. Easily view your students’ work, the class or assignment rubic, annotate and more with the new Split-screen Gradebook.

PYP Next

With the IB’s refresh of their Primary Years Programme (PYP) comes a slew of updated PYP functionality on ManageBac. A completely new Portfolio screen, Collaborative Real-time Unit Planning and more has been released. Schools will have to complete this form to enable the new functionality.

Refreshed Parent Dashboard

The new Parent Dashboard allows for easier navigation of our parent interface, and a quick view of how things are generally going. Grades, Attendance, Classes and Work is displayed in an easy-to-read manner on the parent dashboard. Both for web and mobile.

ManageBac for Mobile

ManageBac for Mobile has been released and will allow students, teachers, coordinators & admins as well as parents to stay connected with their school on-the-go.

Redesigned Teacher Dashboard

The new Teacher Dashboard allows for easier navigation of our teacher interface, and a quick view of how things are generally going.

Real-time Collaborative Unit Planning

A landmark feature in our industry, our real-time collaborative planners allow for seamless and easy collaboration between colleagues when planning the school year or unit. See which colleagues are online, and what they’re editing. Reflect together and build better lessons easily.

 

SMARTPREP/ManageBac Integration

ManageBac has now seamlessly integrated a great IB flashcards provider, SMARTPREP IB APP.

Atlas/ManageBac Integration

As Atlas joins the Faria Education Group family, the Atlas/ManageBac integration allows for an easy exchange of information between the two systems, a coordination of unit plans/timelines and materials & curriculum.

COMING 2020

Messaging & Notifications
Unified messaging across Year Groups for key upcoming Deadlines and Service & Project-based Learning, Classes for academic coursework & curriculum updates, and new Weekly & Daily Digests to stay up-to-date on key curriculum and class changes.
Resource Bank
We will be enhancing the Resource Bank to allow users to easily add multiple files or photos at once. Photos will be displayed in a new gallery format and files can be better organized with threaded comments.
AssessPrep Integration
Take high and low stakes exams easily with our partner AssessPrep. Coming soon to ManageBac.
Flexible Unit Plan Template Editor
Better collaborative tools, and unit editing to accompany our slew of other product and unit planning enhancements.
Student Dashboard Redesign
We will simplify and improve the student’s first screen upon login, the dashboard. Students will be able to use the screen as a cockpit to launch off into all parts of our solution easily while clearly understanding which tasks are assigned to them as well as upcoming deadlines.
Google Classroom Integration
Have centralised deadlines, and easily use two LMS’ in tandem as the content is shared over Google’s Classroom and our platform. A seamless and easily set-up integration will be available to our users soon.
Behaviour and Discipline
We’re adding a new behaviour and discipline module that will allow users to be more granular in how they track students’ performance, attitudes and behaviour. Details and a first look at this functionality will be released before the end of the year.
Term Reporting Enhancements, New Designs & Web-view
Refreshed report card templates with a new styles and customizable backgrounds. Our new web-view reports interface will allow parents to easily browse reports on the web & mobile in a responsive format with optional sharing via QR code. Web-view reports will allow for flexible design & templates, faster reports generation time, and ability to embed portfolio items in term reporting.