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MySchoolAnywhere Mobile App Improves School Communications

MySchoolAnywhere, the leader in school directory and PTO management software, has launched their new mobile app for iOS and Android. Built on the AlphaAnywhere platform, this new app offers an interactive, online directory for parents to communicate with other families and teachers, volunteer, and keep on top of the school calendar.

MySchoolAnywhere eliminates the manual systems still prominent in many parent associations today. Their service streamlines the collection of family information for the directory, improves communication via email, provides a full featured online store for fundraising and membership tracking and allows parent to quickly volunteer for events and activities at the school. To date, the web application, built in Alpha Anywhere, services Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO) in approximately 1,000 schools across the nation.

Founders Tracie and Jay Oken realized that parents needed a rich, mobile app to serve a growing base of parents using smartphones and tablets, even while offline. In 2016, they began to expand the existing Alpha Anywhere web application as a mobile app. This week, the company announced that MySchoolAnywhere is now available on the Google Play Store and iTunes.

Features include:

  • Quickly search for other parents and students at the school and create a personal list of favorites
  • Easily look up teacher contact information
  • Check the school calendar
  • Signup for volunteering activities

“Just like when we moved our desktop app to the web in 2013, without Alpha Anywhere it would have cost 3 times as much and taken 3 times as long to get an app built that we could submit to the app stores.”

Parents are very excited about the new app and being able to get critical school information, even when they don’t have an internet connection. “We love the new app! It’s super easy for parents to access school information and connect with other parents. And because we’ve added this as an incentive for membership, our membership numbers have never been better!” said Laurie at Weatherstone Elementary.

Read the full MySchoolAnywhere case study.
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Amy Groden-Morrison
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Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.