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Why is there no app for school?


One App… One Community… One School…

What is MySchool?

The year is 2020, and there appears to be an app for everything. From travel to entertainment, the list continues to expand as new apps hit the global market every single day. MySchool intends to simplify the application market, specifically for college and boarding school students. Why install a calendar app and a food app when you could simply install an app that does both? MySchool is a four in one application centered around convenience, specified to the college or boarding school you attend by providing students with a simplified yet efficient application with one goal in mind: improving way of life.

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The Four Core Tabs:

Accessible, Intuitive, Convenient

Feature #1: Calendar

MySchool’s Calendar tab is equipped with school events and sports matches uploaded by the school itself. Students have the ability to incorporate their own personal schedules onto their calendars: from class times to extracurricular activities. The user-friendly interface also includes a Task Manager feature: a highly requested “To-Do List” tab allowing students to organize their assignments and activities on a daily basis.

Feature #2: Budgeting

From a study we conducted amongst 100 boarding school students and 100 college students, 75% of students claimed to have never “managed their own money before attending boarding school or college (respectively). Keeping this statistic in mind, our team has worked tirelessly to incorporate an intuitive budgeting feature into our app. The Budgeting tab allows students to have their first experience managing their own money, displaying their allowance/income and each purchase made. Students may set daily, weekly, or monthly allowances, allowing them to limit spending and keep track of each and every purchase.

 

Feature #3: Food and Restaurants

The Food and Restaurants tab screams convenience. Not only does this tab operate like traditional food applications such as providing menus and locations of local restaurants, but the experience is specialized for the student. MySchool will notify its users of various wait times, allowing students to see when and where they can eat in between classes. Students can see which restaurants tend to be more student-friendly, and can even place orders or make reservations through the Food and Restaurants tab.

 

Feature #4: Social

The Social tab incorperates some of the most excitiing features of our app. It first comes equiped with an annoncement inbox, allowing students to send and receive all school messages. The Live Chat feature allows students to communicate in real time: enabling students to ask questions, plan events, or simply invite students over all in real time. Finally, the Snap Shot feature allows students to send small snapshots to the entire community—virtually working as a party tracker. Students will be able to visible see where students are engaging with one another.

 

 

 

About the Founder:

MySchool was “founded” by Ian Staines, a young aspiring entreprenuer from Los Angeles, California. Staines will graduate from The Taft School this spring, a boarding school in Watertown, CT, where he credits his idea for the app. This fall, Staines will be attending Babson College, ranked #1 for entrepreneurship in the world for over twenty years where he aspires to transform his aspirations into reality. 

Contact Information:

Business Email: ianstaines78@gmail.com 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ian-staines-9195b3190

Instagram: @ian_staines

March 2, 2020: College Signing Ceremony. Cross Country. Ian Staines, Babson. (Photo by Robert Falcetti/Taft)
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COMMENTS: 104
  1. April 24, 2020 by Andrea Garcia

    Hi Ian! I really like the app that you had created…it was super creative and intuitive. I really like your overall topic and your response to something that is important to you. The amount of effort you inputted into your project was super evident and it turned out great. Apps are super vital, especially in the 21st century where technology is everywhere nowadays. What are your favorite apps to use for educational purposes?

    • April 24, 2020 by Katie

      Mr. Staines I am thoroughly impressed! As a student I could see myself using your app. Keep the great ideas coming. The future looks bright for a budding entrepreneur like you!

      • April 24, 2020 by Ian

        Thanks!

    • April 24, 2020 by Ian

      Hey Andrea,

      Thank you for your kind words! To honestly respond to your question, I’ve been using close to none. That’s one of the reasons I came up with the idea, I was asking myself “Why is there no app for school?” Other than occasionally using apps like Quizlet and Duolingo, I haven’t been using anything else!

  2. April 24, 2020 by Mutin

    Hi Ian! I thoroughly was interested in your app. Some questions that came up for me were why you decided to pitch the app for colleges, boarding schools, and not for high school? Have you considered problems such as a consumer who is able to make announcements to a college that the consumer is not attending? As a result of my last question, are you thinking ahead in cyberbullying protocols or protocols for misinformation and fake news?

    • April 24, 2020 by Ian

      Hi Mutin,

      Thank you for the insightful questions! I was initially targeting a more independent audience because I assumed there would be a higher demand for the app I am offering. For example, the budget feature would mostly be utilized by students away from home for the first time, lacking an experience managing money. This being said, I believe if the app increased in popularity amongst colleges and universities, I’d consider expanding to high schools and even middle schools. Regarding bullying, there will certainly be parameters set in place such as word censors to counteract bullying. Students who violate the terms of service will be banned from the app, and the institution the student attends may issue consequences as it sees fit.

  3. April 24, 2020 by Charlotte

    Hi Ian,
    I love the concept of this app! Especially now with so many schools doing distance learning, it is more important than ever to keep things streamlined and easy to access. My school has had issues recently with using multiple website (both Powerschool Learning and GoogleClassroom), because Powerschool kept crashing and GoogleClassroom was a crutch to use in the meantime. However, it is now very confusing to remember where to look for assignments, as not everything is in the same place! This app would solve this problem completely!

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Hey Charlotte!

      Thanks for the feedback. I’ve heard of similar issues regarding Powerschool and GoogleClassroom. My hope is this app solves many issues regarding the uniformity of a school and its digital learning, however, both platforms are certainly competition for my app.

  4. April 24, 2020 by Ozzy

    Ian, this is a great project and one that is really relevant. My project is actually similar, but I like that yours is tailored to the specific needs of boarding school and college students. What are your next steps?

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      My next steps are to research ways to expand the brand: how do I attract the attention of Colleges? I need to find a way to publicize the app while keeping costs minimal.

  5. April 24, 2020 by Jadyn

    Hi Ian,
    I think that your app is a really good idea, especially for boarding schools and colleges. I love that you managed to create a way so that students can access all aspects of their life on campus. One thing that I really love is that you found a way to help students budget. When your young and in high school or college budgeting is something that a lot of kids haven’t experienced before so I think it’s a great idea! I would like to know how long the ‘snap shots’ last and if just any student can post one?

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Hey Jadyn!
      Thank you for your kind words and feedback! To answer your question, the length of “snap shots” is TBD. I would most likely gather more data through survey various boarding schools and universities to determine the length of snap shots. As of right now, I’d like snap shots to be anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour long.

      • April 25, 2020 by Ian

        And yes, any student attending the school would be able to post a snap shot. The institution’s IT department will be the admins of the service for the school, so only the IT department has the ability to “approve” students of the institution, which will help avoid students from other schools interfering in another institution’s MySchool.

  6. April 24, 2020 by jung

    Hi Ian!
    I have been looking for an app where I can access everything for my school. I love that you created an app that does just that. I really love the concept and I hope to see this on the app store soon!

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thanks Jung!

  7. April 24, 2020 by Michelle

    Hi Ian,
    This is an amazing idea! I think the budgeting aspect of the app would be very helpful for high school and college students. Keep up the good work!

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thank you!

  8. April 24, 2020 by Brendan Staines

    Big things coming… this idea is really well thought out! Good job bro

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thanks bro

  9. April 24, 2020 by Joe

    Wow Ian!! I knew you were intelligent but did not realize how intelligent you are!! With the growing global use of application to advance our desires, this application seems to be perfect! Can’t really say more than that!! Great job!

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thanks

  10. April 24, 2020 by andrew

    Hey ian,
    I love your idea. I think that the budgeting aspect of this app would help me a lot in college especially since I plan on doing work study programs. Keep up the awesome work!

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      That’s awesome, thanks Andrew!

  11. April 24, 2020 by Jen

    Hi Ian! I love this idea! I think this app could definitely become a reality; keep up the good work!

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thank you so much!

  12. April 24, 2020 by John

    Amazing concept, especially during this unprecedented time. For high school and college students, this will be a very useful tool to access all relevant information in one location.

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thank you John!

  13. April 24, 2020 by Migo

    Great idea Ian. Well structured and though out. Want to see is in the App Store.

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thanks! That’s the goal!

  14. April 24, 2020 by Nancy

    Love the idea. I think it will be used heavily. Wish we had something like this in the past.

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thank you!

  15. April 24, 2020 by Clayton

    Hey Ian, this idea could be revolutionary. Good work, maybe with time you can make your dream into a reality!

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Appreciate it Clayton

  16. April 24, 2020 by Michael

    Great idea Ian. Remember me when your become the next Mark Zuckerberg!!!

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thank you Michael!

  17. April 24, 2020 by JMS

    Love it! Shark Tank baby! Maybe you can get some seed money.

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thank you! That would be awesome.

  18. April 24, 2020 by DBS

    Great app Ian, I am very impressed! Best of luck to you!

  19. April 24, 2020 by Katie

    Mr. Staines I am thoroughly impressed! Keep these great ideas coming. The future looks bright for a budding entrepreneur like you!

  20. April 24, 2020 by Jack Adams

    Ian this app is amazing! Keep up the good work at Babson college.

  21. April 24, 2020 by GLS

    Outstanding job on the app Ian! So proud of you!

  22. April 24, 2020 by Rachel Peverly

    This is awesome, Ian!

  23. April 25, 2020 by Caio

    Amazing!

  24. April 25, 2020 by Robert Cassady

    Absolutely brilliant Ian. This is by far the most optimal app that can be used to not only leverage the technology of today to further a modern education but also to fuel the fire for innovation in this country. Well done!

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thank you for the encouragement!

  25. April 25, 2020 by Lauren S

    This is a great idea and clearly this app would fill a vital gap in the market. So many student could utilise this especially right now!

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      That was the inspiration behind it, thanks Lauren!

  26. April 25, 2020 by Jack Johnson

    Hey Ian, I think you have a great product here. Keep up the good work!

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thanks Jack!

  27. April 25, 2020 by Paul

    Hi Ian, really cool 9dea. I am sure it would be widely used by students, both HS and College.

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thank you Paul! I hope so too!

  28. April 25, 2020 by mihika

    Hi Ian, I think your idea is great! I think it’s really cool that you were able to incorporate a finances and budgeting tab to help students spend their money and track their spending, which I think might be something that sets you aside from other individual calendar and food apps. It’s great that you took a problem you related with and came up with a solution that might help so many students everywhere. I really hope you are able to go forward with this app because I would love to see the final app.

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Hey Mihika, thanks for the kind words! I aspire to create the app one day, and I hope you look out for it in the app store when that day finally comes!

  29. April 25, 2020 by Darren

    Looks great

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thanks Darren!

  30. April 25, 2020 by Ranon

    A very interesting idea! I think all schools, and especially boarding schools, can hugely benefit from such a platform. Keep going!

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thank you!

  31. April 25, 2020 by Tiger

    Would be nice to see a student oriented platform for once, rather than another clunky app made for admins.

  32. April 25, 2020 by Tiger

    Would be nice to see this develop into an app. Good work!

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thanks Tiger!

  33. April 25, 2020 by Emma Meyer

    Hi Ian!
    I thought this was one of the coolest ideas and I hope that it can come to life. I feel like this app also helps students discover a balance between their school and social life because they can make a schedule for their work and they can also learn about the events and parties going on.

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Hey Emma, thank you so much for the positivity! I hope one day I can make this possible.

  34. April 25, 2020 by Stella

    Awesome idea! I hope to see this in the App Store!

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thank you Stella!

  35. April 25, 2020 by Nathan

    Seems like a great idea! Would make school life easier it seems.

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thanks Nathan!

  36. April 25, 2020 by Anthony Rodriguez

    This is a great idea! I would definitely use it.

  37. April 25, 2020 by Anthony

    Awesome idea! 👍

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thank you Anthony!

  38. April 25, 2020 by Charles

    What a wonderful idea. Keep up the great thinking!

    • April 25, 2020 by Ian

      Thanks Charles!

  39. April 25, 2020 by Stephen Krempl

    This is a no brainer for students – as the saying goes – why has someone not thought of this before – great job Ian.

    • April 26, 2020 by Michael Williams

      Well done Ian. #keepgoing

  40. April 25, 2020 by Stephen

    Love the concept, Ian, very creative and useful.

    • April 26, 2020 by Ian

      Thank you!

  41. April 25, 2020 by Levi

    What a great concept, my girls would have definitely used it. So proud of you!

    • April 26, 2020 by Ian

      Thanks for the kind words!

  42. April 25, 2020 by Hunter

    Great work Ian! I can definitely see this being extremely useful!

    • April 26, 2020 by Ian

      Thanks bro 🙂

  43. April 26, 2020 by Vilma

    Ian, very good idea. I think it will make it big!

    • April 27, 2020 by Ian

      Thank you!

  44. April 26, 2020 by Michael Williams

    Well done Ian. #keepgoing

  45. April 26, 2020 by Anaf Durrani

    What I really like about this app is a one stop shop for all my info. Thinking back to my college days, this would be an ideal app to have.

  46. April 26, 2020 by Jen

    Super impressive Ian! I can definitely foresee many taking advantage of this. Nice job!

  47. April 26, 2020 by Maria Oakley

    Great idea, Ian! I am so impressed by the presentation too. It seems it can enhance both convenience (i.e scheduling and restaurant reviews) and learning (budgeting) which is a great combo for students.

  48. April 26, 2020 by Aaron Crosson Sr

    Ian, job well done! This was very thoughtful and accurate. Keep up the good work.

  49. April 26, 2020 by Christopher Wancko

    Great Concept… One piece of feedback, Increase your market reach. Take a look at the market share of what happens when you increase your reach target market to Apple and Goolge. (https://www.idc.com/promo/smartphone-market-share) . It’s a very promising concept. Keep at it!

    • April 26, 2020 by Ian

      Thank you for the advice Mr. Wancko, I’ll certainly take this information into account!

  50. April 26, 2020 by Jonathan Seyoum

    Hey Ian, I think the app is a good idea and will make boarding school/ college life a lot more convenient and easy!

  51. April 26, 2020 by Jett Zimmerman

    Hey Ian, I think the app is a good idea and will make boarding school/ college life a lot more convenient and easy!

  52. April 26, 2020 by Robin & Mark

    Hi Ian – great idea, we think this will be very useful for all students!!

  53. April 26, 2020 by Kimie

    Congratulations Ian! This is a great idea and very thoughtful app. Great job!

  54. April 26, 2020 by Ben Silver

    Great stuff, Ian. Really well done and love the idea. Keep it up!

  55. April 26, 2020 by Alistair

    What a great concept. I just finished school, wish I had this available. Keep up the good work Ian!

  56. April 26, 2020 by Rawd Farah Zarif

    Hi Ian, this is a great idea! Good job👏🏻 👏🏻👏🏻

  57. April 27, 2020 by olivia pitt

    This is awesome! great job! publish it!

  58. April 27, 2020 by Joshua

    This is such a great idea man I love the work you put into it!! Thumbs up

    • April 27, 2020 by Ian

      Thanks Josh!

  59. April 27, 2020 by Christopher

    Hi Ian,

    I love the idea! The budgeting feature seems especially relevant for teens that are learning how to manage their money. Let’s say I have a child with a bad spending problem, possibly ordering too much DoorDash. Do I have complete access to cut off and freeze their allowance, or does it give the student a more independent role in their money management?

    • April 27, 2020 by Ian Staines

      The child account would not have direct access to the bank account, but simply “allowance” money parents manually deposit.

  60. April 27, 2020 by Patina

    Great job, Ian! Your presentation was very thorough and I love the idea of your app! I think that making an app that can do the work of 4+ other apps is a really smart way to design since we often find ourselves depending on several different apps each day to manage something like school. All of your features seem very relevant for the age demographic and I can see your project being really popular and helpful for students who struggle with things like budget or scheduling especially. As a junior, it’s really cool to know that this might very well be available to me when I’m in college, so I look forward to that! Good work!

  61. April 27, 2020 by Mike Harp

    Very well done. Good luck on this and all your future endeavors.

  62. April 27, 2020 by Meghan Campbell

    This is such a great idea, I wish this was an option when I went to school!

  63. April 28, 2020 by Steve O

    Great Idea Ian. I definitely could have used this when I was in school. Cannot wait to see it become a reality. Good luck.

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