- Sep 25: ATL Skills list added to Diploma Unit Plans
- Sep 24: Academic Year & Term Average Toggle in Gradebook
- Sep 23: PYP Report Cards now include Classroom Attendance
- Sep 21: Presentation Mode Login records and Resources
- Sep 16: Pamoja Online Course options Customisable by Subject
- Sep 11: Student User Interface Updated for Classes
- Sep 10: Global ResourceBank Launched
- Sep 09: PYP Name Changes in ManageBac
- Sep 04: TOK Prescribed Titles updated for May 2021
- Sep 02: Annotations added to iOS and Android Apps
- Aug 31: Customise the At-A-Glance view for Unit Plans
- Aug 27: Online Lessons can be set by Student Level
- Aug 26: Vantage Reader Enhancements
- Aug 19: MYP Updates for Maths & Language Acquisition
- Aug 19: Pamoja Online Courses via ManageBac
- Aug 17: New Academic Year 2021 Webinar Series
- Aug 17: Email Notifications added to Online Lessons
- Aug 14: Stream & Resources Notes now include a Formula Tool
- Aug 13: Questions enabled in Online Lessons
- Aug 12: Messages & Notifications Interface Updated
- Jul 29: Around the World in 24 Hours with ManageBac
- Jul 24: Behaviour Notes History
- Jul 17: Stream & Resources Import from Resource Bank
- Jul 13: Push Notifications now available in the ManageBac App
- Jul 06: Introducing Presentation Mode and KeyChat
- Jul 03: Import Unit Streams from Other Classes
- Jun 19: Task Category Colours on Gradebook Graphs
- Jun 10: Updated Units List View
- Jun 04: First Day of the Week Update to Timetables
- Jun 02: Global Search comes to the ManageBac App
- May 27: Schedule Online Lessons via Stream or Calendar
- May 18: IB DP Units moved to Inline Editing Process, and more!
- May 05: Split screen Gradebook view
- Apr 18: Android App released for ManageBac
- Apr 17: Changing your ManageBac Colour Theme
- Apr 14: Tracking eCoursework Submission status in ManageBac
- Apr 08: IB eCoursework tags and Annotated Documents
- Apr 06: Scanner and Attendance Manager added to MB app
- Apr 01: Split-screen Annotations and Grading of Tasks
- Mar 31: Re-send Welcome Emails in bulk by Year Group
- Mar 26: Required fields marked in User Import templates
- Mar 18: ManageBac Q1 of 2020 update
- Mat 07: MYP Update, March 2020
- Feb 18: Unit Calendar view updated for C1 and PYP Next
- Jan 30: IB DP Term average percentages in Report Cards
- Jan 30: Transcript title can be customised
- Jan 30: Parents can be notified via email in Class messages
- Jan 24: PYP Next Specialist classes
- Jan 22: PYP Next Scope & Sequences on Curriculum > PYP Next
- Jan 15: Share Averages with students & parents
ATL Skills in DP Unit Plans
September 25, 2020
Based on the IB document Approaches to teaching and learning in the Diploma Programme: Reflection tool, our curriculum team has now added specific skill guidance for each Approach to Learning within the IB Diploma unit plans. Teachers may select specific areas to focus on within each Approach.
To learn more about creating IB Diploma unit plans, click here.
Gradebook Year & Term Averages
September 24, 2020
Gradebooks in all applicable programmes using term grade weighting/averaging now may toggle between the current Academic Year average and the current Term average when looking at a student's task grades bar graph.
The bar graph itself can be turned on or off via the Graph icon next to each student's name in the gradebook.
Class Attendance on PYP Report Cards
September 23, 2020
Our Enhanced Primary Years Programme now includes the ability to report on both Homeroom and Class attendance within ManageBac's report card module. To learn more about IB PYP reports, click here.
Presentation Login & Resources
September 21, 2020
See when each student joins your online lesson. Time and date are available in the activity history tooltip, and all students who join will be added to the list automatically.
You can now also Add Resources on the left panel, including adding existing resources from the unit that are not already in the lesson experience stream.
Customize Pamoja Subject Offerings
September 16, 2020
Pamoja Online Courses for IB Diploma students can now be customised by school administrators to only appear as options within the Plans worksheets for certain subjects. If your school offers Pamoja Online Courses for one or two subjects, disable the other subjects from showing Pamoja as an option via Settings > IB Diploma > Subjects > Pamoja Subjects.
Please note subjects cannot be disabled if there are current approved or pending Pamoja Online Course requests.
To learn more about how to register students for Pamoja Online Courses via ManageBac, click here.
Student View Updated for Classes
September 11, 2020
We've made the following updates to the student view of classes to better align them with the teacher view, as well as simplify navigation:
1. The Tasks and Units tabs were merged into one tab to match the teacher interface.
2. Unit template view was updated to match the At-A-Glance view the teachers can see, including the cover photo selected.
3. The unit roster view was updated to match the teacher's view to provide a bird's eye view of all the student-facing resources and stream without having to open the unit in full.
4. The Lesson Experiences view was updated to a dropdown style to make it easier to navigate across all possible platforms.
5. The Unit Calendar view was added to match the teacher view and provide a simplified view of the units across time for the students.
Global ResourceBank Launched
September 10, 2020
The new Global ResourceBank will allow Teachers to collaboratively share (and import) pre-built Units, Lessons, Tasks and Resources to (and from) all 3,200+ ManageBac schools building on our existing in-school ResourceBank sharing features.
Within your Class > Units & Tasks Roster or within an individual Unit, you can access the ResourceBank, which is organized by Subject – this feature will allow you to flexibly share Lessons, Tasks & Resources across classes. By default, you will see your My School option shown alongside Pamoja Lesson Suite and Global ResourceBank.
To learn more, click here.
PYP Name Changes in ManageBac
September 9, 2020
We have changed the title for all PYP related pages and labels to IB Enhanced Primary Years, IB Enhanced PYP or IB PYP in ManageBac to better reflect the IB curriculum enhancements and continuum.
May 2021 TOK Prescribed Titles
September 4, 2020
The Theory of Knowledge prescribed titles for May 2021 have now been updated in English for all schools. Spanish translations will be coming within the next 1-2 business days. To learn more about how to use TOK worksheets on ManageBac, click here.
Annotations on ManageBac mobile apps
September 2, 2020
Our next version of the iOS and Android apps will contain an update that allows users to annotate directly on any documents they could annotate on using their web browsers. All annotation types will be available on the app except for comments. This is available for iOS now, and will be added to Android within the next couple of weeks.
Customise At-A-Glance for Unit Plans
August 31, 2020
Schools can now customise the At-A-Glance view of units by programme. Change what students and parents can see of each unit by selecting which components are visible to them via the At-A-Glance view via Settings > Programme > Curriculum, by selecting a unit template. To learn more about unit templates, click here.
Deliver Lessons by Student Level
August 27, 2020
Classes with mixed levels (e.g. IB Diploma HL/SL mixed courses) can now choose which students will be scheduled to join online lessons within the same class. The students in the level not chosen will not see the online lesson scheduled.
Vantage Reader Enhancements
August 26, 2020
In July, we introduced the new ManageBac Viewer & Annotation engine designed to enhance assessment feedback universally.
The ManageBac Viewer & Annotation engine contains a Document Editor Feature and gives educators the ability to export to PDF, annotate with different formatting and add comments for feedback & recommendations:
Further release updates include:
- Preview & Annotate Everywhere: Viewer & Annotations have been expanded from Coursework within the Split-screen Gradebook to encompass Portfolios, Presentation Mode, Stream & Resources and Project worksheets.
- Document Editor: Our Document Editor allows you to rotate, re-order and edit documents seamlessly.
- Expanded File & Image Support: We have expanded support for files and images for all Microsoft Office Documents including Word and PowerPoint.
- Mobile & Offline Mode: You can now annotate while offline (on Mobile iOS & Android, web and tablet devices) and annotations will automatically re-sync.
In this release, you will also discover a few new surprises including our new ManageBac icons for the IB Learner Profile, ATL Skills and more.
Give your students a boost by using the Stickers function!
These stickers will be available soon to download on the ManageBac Resource Library.
MYP Curriculum Updates for Mathematics and Language Acquisition
August 19, 2020
We are happy to announce that Mathematics and Language Acquisition subject guide updates have rolled out in ManageBac. Mathematics units will show updated Math Related Concepts.
The updates for MYP Language Acquisition subjects were a bit more extensive, e.g. updated Criteria titles and Objectives, and are now also available on your ManageBac account! There is no need for further action on your end, the new criteria are now visible on Tasks as well as in the Unit Planner within the 'Aims & Objectives' section.
Unit view: (screenshot)
i) Can I revert back to the old criteria?
If you wish to revert back to the old criteria, please reach out to our Support Team via firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help revert back for Language Acquisition Subjects for all MYP year levels.
ii) How come I am not seeing the updated criteria?
If you do not see the updated criteria descriptors, it is because your school previously had customised its Language Acquisition criteria descriptors and we did not override these. To switch to the updated criteria now, any administrator can go to Settings > Middle Years > Assessment > Criteria. Select the appropriate subject from the dropdown menu at the top of the page. Finally, click Reset to subject group defaults on the right-hand side to update. You will need to do this for every objective/criteria (A-D) separately, as the “Reset to subject defaults” only applies to the specific criterion currently selected. The Criteria titles have been updated to the new titles automatically.
Note that any existing custom criteria and objectives for these subjects will be overwritten by the subject defaults. We also recommend exporting any existing grades to excel from your class gradebooks before enacting the changes, for historical reference. This can be done by each teacher on a class-by-class basis by going to Gradebook > Tasks > click Export Task Grades.
Pamoja Online Courses via ManageBac
August 19, 2020
As our first step towards the full integration of Pamoja Online Courses on ManageBac, all Pamoja schools will now have access to streamlined Online Course Registrations within the ManageBac Plan worksheet to make the course registration process easier than ever!
Students, Site-based Coordinators and IB DP Coordinators can now easily manage all registrations from within their ManageBac Plan Worksheet. Course requests can be submitted in one-click and via API will be processed through our OpenApply admissions service. We will also shortly be introducing two further enhancements for the Site-based Coordinator Course Dashboard and expanded payments & invoicing options to allow your IB office to manage both Pamoja course billing & invoicing alongside exam subject fees.
New Academic Year Webinar Series
August 17, 2020
Please join us for our Academic Year 2021 Webinar series. Session schedule and details can be found here.
Sessions are grouped in themes of School Setup (targeted at Admins & IT coordinators), ManageBac 101 (for users brand new to ManageBac), ManageBac 201 (for those with some experience and looking for a refresher, or involved with deeper account configuration) and What's New (find out about the latest features in ManageBac).
Online Lesson Email Notifications
August 17, 2020
Teachers can now notify students and other teachers assigned to their class via email when an online lesson is created. They may also send a reminder to the class about an existing online lesson by clicking on the lesson via the Calendar, and selecting Send reminder to class on the right navigation panel.
Add Formulas to Resources Notes
August 14, 2020
Adding a note to your Lesson Experiences or plans in your units now includes the ability to create formulas that will be easy for your students to follow. Handwrite a formula that will then be turned into a script, or use our pre-set symbols, special characters and fonts to build your formulas with a few clicks.
Questions enabled in Online Lessons
August 13, 2020
When joining an Online Lesson, teachers can now Enable Questions, a separate function from Chat. Questions allows students to ask the teacher questions during the presentation if Presentation Mode is enabled. The questions can be marked Private (for teachers only), or sent to the whole class to see as part of the larger class discussion.
Messages & Notifications Quick-view
August 12, 2020
Our Messages & Notifications list has gotten a user interface upgrade! When you click on the Envelope icon next to your Profile, you'll see a Quick View of all recent messages appear as a panel. Read or delete notifications from here, or click on the View all Messages & Notifications button at the bottom to see a full screen view:
24hrs with ManageBac webinar series
July 29-30, 2020
Join the ManageBac team and educators from around the world as we come together to share insight into remote learning. During this unique event, there will be sessions offered for 24 hours, ensuring a topic and time to meet your interest! Check out the full schedule here.
Behaviour Notes History
July 24, 2020
Use the Filter button to filter Behaviour Notes, either by Date Range, or Homeroom Advisor, or Programme and Grade level.
You can review longer Notes using the Show more link or access the specific Behaviour Note in the student's Behaviour tab via the open in new tab icon at the right side of the note line.
If results are filtered, using the Export to Excel button will also only export the filtered results.
Import from Resource Bank
July 17, 2020
It is now possible to import Unit Streams and Lesson Experiences from other classes and units to the Unit Resources of any unit.
Select the Unit, Class and Lesson Experience to import to your unit.
Tasks imported also allow you to set due date, time and task category to match your current class.
Click Proceed with Import to add selected unit resources and lesson experiences to your unit in the current class.
Mobile Push Notifications
July 13, 2020
Presentation Mode and KeyChat
July 6, 2020
After building unit Stream and Lesson Plans in Stream & Resources, teachers can now click on Presentation Mode at the top of the page to access our new presentation panels.
With the Presentation Mode, Teachers can:
- Share their Lessons and Stream & Resources in a full-screen mode with direct integration with Zoom Online Lessons.
- Deliver the Lesson through a smart board or projector in a face-to-face Class setting.
With the KeyChat functions, Teachers and Students can participate in live discussions and post questions, as well as make online learning more fun with Emojis. All KeyChat interactions are automatically logged into the Online Lesson transcript. Learn more on our blog here.
Import Unit Streams across Classes
July 3rd, 2020
While general Resources are always shared between all classes using the unit, Streams are specific to the classroom they're created in, to allow for differentiation in instruction between two teachers who may be teaching the same course.
Now, however, teachers can share their Lesson Plans and unit Streams with each other by clicking the Import Stream button at the top of their unit Stream & Resources page. This will also work for teachers whose classes have transitioned to the next academic year, who wish to re-copy the same Stream and Lesson Plans for next year.
Task Category Colours in Gradebook
June 19, 2020
All classes in all programmes now have the option to use the same colours they have set the task categories as within the Gradebook graphs.
Updated Units List View
June 10, 2020
Access the Units list in any class via the Tasks & Units tab to see all units listed for the class. You can now expand the Unit Stream directly in the Units list by clicking Show Stream. Use the cursor icon to the left of stream items to change the order of items. Use the 3 dot menu on the right for any Stream item for additional editing options.
All units now show the number of linked Tasks and Online Lessons. Click here to read more about conducting online lessons via ManageBac.
Teachers can now mark units as Draft directly from the Units list using the Active or Draft buttons. Units that are marked as Draft will be hidden from the units list in the class. You can view hidden units by ticking the Include hidden units box and clicking Filter.
First Day of the Week on Timetables
June 4, 2020
Schools can now set the first day of the week for Timetables via the Attendance Settings per Programe.
Switch between Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday as off days to change the first day of your week in student and teacher Timetables.
The "first day of the week" availability is determined by country set in your Settings > School Settings > Logo, Name & Address page. Some countries will only show Monday as the first day of the week in all Calendars and Timetables.
Global Search on the ManageBac App
June 2, 2020
Get where you're going sooner with the new Global Search tool on the ManageBac app. This feature will be released for iOS now, and for Android in the next couple of weeks.
Admins and teachers can select the Search function to quickly find classes, units, and other users (e.g. students or parents) to eliminate extra navigation steps.
Schedule Online Lessons
May 27, 2020
Teachers can schedule online lessons with students via ManageBac. If Zoom is used, the meeting link will be auto-generated. Online lesson time and location will be displayed on the students’ and teachers’ calendars, so that they can better plan their days. They can enter an online meeting with one click from the Unit Stream or Class Calendar.
For details on how to schedule online lessons, see our Conducting Online Lessons article.
IB Diploma Units Inline Editing
May 18, 2020
IB Diploma has been moved to our new inline unit editor, which includes real-time edits, multiple unit templates, and upgraded curriculum analytics tools! We've also made updates to the Diploma Assessment options. You can learn more about all these features in detail here.
Split screen Gradebook view
May 5, 2020
Teachers can now access a split screen view for annotations and grading via Tasks in all classes in ManageBac. Click the Annotate and Grade icon to open the split screen view of submitted files. The color of the icon changes depending on whether files have been annotated or not. A clipboard icon will show which user annotated each file.
Submitted files can be annotated and assessed side by side. The data entered for grades will sync directly into the Task view of the Gradebook.
Android App released for ManageBac
April 18, 2020
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.
Changing your ManageBac Theme
April 17, 2020
All users can now change the Theme of their ManageBac accounts via the Profile dropdown menu and Themes page. By default, all user themes will default to dark blue or a school selected theme. Administrators are able to bulk reset all user accounts to a school selected theme.
Tracking eCoursework Submission
April 14, 2020
Advisors & Administrators can track Live Status of IB eCoursework Overall Completion via the Portfolio for each student. The left-hand list of students provides a summary of per student progress, with individual statuses included for each student. Administrators and advisors can also refresh the EC Submission information for each student on the right navigation panel of the Portfolio in the eCourswork panel. This will sync data of submitted files from eCoursework back to ManageBac to update the student status.
IB eCoursework tag in Portfolios
April 8, 2020
With our new tagging system, teachers and administrators can identify the works in the student portfolio that will be dragged and dropped into the IB eCoursework portal from ManageBac. Tagged works can be filtered in the timeline of the portfolio, as well as automatically stored in the eCoursework tab.
Documents annotated by teachers in their classes using our Vantage Reader can now also be accessed from within the portfolio, so that the annotations can be included in the drag and drop process.
Scanner & Attendance on Mobile
April 6, 2020
With our new built-in Mobile Scanner, students can easily scan handwritten coursework for Portfolio & Task submission on ManageBac iOS by clicking Scan Coursework on the menu.
- Scan and organize coursework directly into the Portfolios
- Refine scans directly with zoom, rotation and re-ordering
- Automatic conversion and compression into PDF
- Now available for all Teachers & Students on ManageBac iOS
Perfect for rapidly scanning for May 2020 submissions to IB eCoursework.
Learn more at: https://managebac.com/may2020
Attendance Manager is also now available on the app, so admins and attendance registrars can access and edit whole school attendance from their mobile devices.
Split-screen Annotate & Grade Tasks
April 1, 2020
Teachers can now annotate and grade student submitted files in all classes (except IB DP) in a split-screen gradebook. The Vantage Reader annotation options are across the top of the annotation panel. Grades entered in the Details panel on the right will sync to the Gradebook > Task in the class.
Teacher can access the split-screen view via the Task dropbox and clicking a student's name. In the split-screen view, you can switch between students via the dropdown list at the top of the page.
Learn more about the split-screen view in our Marking a Criteria-based Task & Submitting Term Grades via the Gradebook article.
Re-send Welcome Emails by Year Group
March 31, 2020
It is now possible to re-send welcome emails in bulk to students by year group. Bulk sending welcome emails will be locked for 30 days to that specific Year Group, but will be available for other users. A log of last sent email is also available.
Required fields marked in templates
March 26th, 2020
All required fields in bulk user import CSV templates are now starred at the column header. This applies to Student, Teacher and Parent import templates. Feel free to download our CSV templates on the Settings > Import > Students/Teachers/Parents pages to access the files with starred column headers.
ManageBac Q1 of 2020 update
March 18th, 2020
What's New with ManageBac video: Q1 2020
The Q1 update video provides a comprehensive overview of all of ManageBac's latest feature updates so far in the first quarter of 2020, as well as our plans for the next three months.
MYP Major Update, March 2020
March 7th, 2020
We are excited to bring a couple of major updates to the IB Middle Years Programme in ManageBac. For further details on the changes included, please watch the above video or read our related Blog post here.
Unit Calendar view updated
February 18th, 2020
We have updated the Unit Calendar view in Dashboard and within Classes for all PYP Next and C1 classes. (MYP and DP classes and units will have the same view soon.)
The Unit Calendar will now list the number of units linked to the subject in the class and an overflow menu with hover over icon allows teachers to get essential unit information directly in their Dashboard. Your can also access the unit from the Dashboard directly or generate a PDF export.
The same Unit Calendar view was added to the Tasks & Units tab in classes.
DP Percentages in Reports
January 30th, 2020
Calculated Term grade averages can be included on IB DP Report cards in the Summary of Achievement or Class Reports sections. Please review our IB DP Reports tutorial for further details.
Customize Transcripts Title
January 30th, 2020
Schools needing to change the title of the Transcript documents produced in ManageBac can now edit the title via the Transcripts > Settings page. Read more about available Transcript settings in our Generating Transcripts tutorial.
Notify Parents via Class Messages
January 30th, 2020
When posting Messages in IB DP and IB MYP classes, teachers can now notify parents of these messages via email notifications. Tick the box to Notify parents via E-mail to update all parents linked to students in the class about activities or news from your class.
PYP Next Specialist classes
January 24th, 2020
Specialist PYP Next classes (classes with at least one subject linked to them) will now only show Units that have the matching subject set as part of the Subject Focus of the unit. This makes it easier for teachers of Specialist subjects to display the appropriate unit plans in their classes, and it helps parents not having to scroll through numerous units per class that might not be relevant to that subject.
Please see our helpdesk article on Creating Units of Inquiry in PYP Next for more information on where to set the subject focus of units.
PYP Next Scope & Sequences
January 22nd, 2020
Administrators and teachers can view selected and available Scope & Sequences for PYP Next per subject and Phase/Grade via Curriculum > PYP Next > Scope & Sequences. This will show the viewer with check marks and crosses which of the available standards are selected and/or available.
Hovering over the check marks will show the unit plan the scope & sequences are selected in.
Share Student Average Grade
January 15th, 2020
Schools can now share the calculated term grade averages and task category averages with students, parents or teachers (except for DP and MYP classes). This can be enabled via Settings > select C1 programme > Assessment > Framework.
Once enabled, task category and term averages will be displayed on the right navigation panel for each class for the user types this was enabled for.
Teachers wanting to see category averages for individual students need to access the class via the student's profile and not via their Class > Gradebook.
The averages are shown for the academic term selected.
This will be available for IB Diploma and Middle Years students within the next six months.