Former White House CIO champions disruptive educational technology

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Since moving from his White House CIO job to CIO of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Brook Colangelo said he is facing a whole new set of challenges.

"I wouldn't even say they are challenges; they're opportunities for disruption," Colangelo said in an interview. "The White House situation was more of a turnaround, but this is an opportunity to disrupt a market."

HMH is a publisher and digital media company that sells primarily to the K-12 education market, currently the focus of a boom in technologies aimed at making education more personalized, adaptive and effective overall. Colangelo's role spans both internal information technology for corporate use and strategic decisions about technology HMH can offer customers to make learning more effective, he said.

"Learning is no longer sort of someone in a chair, in a classroom. Learning doesn't stop anymore," Colangelo said. "[With mobile and online technologies,] we can reach anywhere with this amazing, quality experience."

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