Beginning on the 19th of February over one hundred active CasLog schools will join the ManageBac family. This will expand our network to over 500 IB schools and will bring us to 1 in 3 full Diploma students worldwide.
For CasLog schools, this transition will be seamless. Your user accounts and data will be migrated over on the evening of February 19th, and you will continue to enjoy access to CAS functionality at no cost for all of your current students in both the class of 2010 and 2011.
Why are we combining the two services?
Combining the services will allow us to continue enhancing the ManageBac platform. It will provide us with greater scale, which will bring us closer to fulfilling our mandate of sustainably serving the entire IB community’s technology needs. Ultimately, the contributions made by schools were not sufficient to support the CasLog service. This exciting amalgamation means that existing CasLog schools can continue to benefit from the convenience of an online CAS management programme.
Why does scale matter?
Scale matters in technology because it directly correlates to progress. We measure our success by the aggregate efficiency gains that we deliver: the time saved, the paperwork eliminated, and the improvements in workflow. Everything we are building today is a pre-requisite to the inevitability that your postage costs will be eliminated at some point in the future. This is why having the official IB forms available online, providing direct access to students, eliminating the need for manual data entry, etc. are all essential steps towards the future. CAS was the beginning, but it was by no means the end.
What does this mean for existing and new ManageBac users?
ManageBac will remain the same for all existing schools. CasLog schools that have logged in, added students and have active accounts, will have their records seamlessly migrated over and those schools will enjoy free access to the ManageBac CAS facility. Schools registered on CasLog, but not yet actively using the system will be offered a free 3 month trial with Managebac. We will be organizing online training sessions during the week of February 22, 2010 to provide you and your colleagues with personalized walkthroughs of the ManageBac service. Please feel free to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.