ManageBac is an online platform aimed to facilitate effective communication between students, teachers and parents alike. It has been built from the outset around the IB philosophy and is used globally in over 2,500 international schools. It caters for all IBO programmes including Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Year Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP).
The main idea around ManageBac is that teachers upload on the platform material and announcements related to the subject they teach. The material can range from a file with revision notes to videos and images, links to websites etc. ManageBac enables a central control of all teaching processes, which benefits both teachers and students, but also parents. It is worth mentioning that access to the platform can be made from any device that has an Internet connection, from fixed and portable computers, tablets, chromebooks and mobiles or, in principle, even from smart TVs.
The benefits for students are multiple. With ManageBac, students now have an online and interactive contact book, where all the information about their courses is gathered. Using the calendar, they see the announcements about tasks they have to perform and homework they have to deliver, as well as dates for upcoming exams and other major deadlines. They can also maintain a journal and log their progress as they work towards their extended essay, and the completion of their CAS portfolio. They can also see announcements about field trips and other school events.
In addition, students are no longer required to keep bulky envelopes with printed notes from their teachers, since these are available as electronic downloadable files on the platform. What is more, everything is on the cloud so they can access those files anytime and anywhere at their own convenience. Students are able to send their work to their teachers through the platform, reducing the cost of printing and paper waste. It is not an exaggeration to say that ManageBac results in a tangible improvement in student performance, since it helps them organize their workload better and improves their time management.
The benefits for parents are equally important. Parents now know exactly what their children have to do and when they have to deliver their work. They can also follow their progress and have a better feel of their performance. Overall, ManageBac is a useful tool that enables the effective communication between all parties involved in the educational process and helps immensely in the organization of all aspects relating to it.