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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquires SchoolChapters

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said Wednesday that it has acquired SchoolChapters Inc., a Connecticut firm with about a dozen employees, as HMH continues to invest in cloud-based technologies.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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A Boston-based publisher with a long heritage in textbooks, HMH is looking to evolve into a digital education company and to that end, it has made several recent acquisitions as it aims to provide more digital content that teachers and students might find relevant.

According to HMH, SchoolChapters allows both educators and students of all ages to document, record, and share learning experiences and showcase knowledge and achievements while aligning these portfolios to educational standards across the pre-K-12 and college spectrum. 

In a statement, HMH executive vice president and chief technology officer, Brook Colangelo said: “We believe in the power of technology to transform the learning experience and drive teacher effectiveness and student success. This acquisition represents a further investment in leading-edge technologies that place the needs of learners and educators at the center and signals our unwavering commitment to digital solutions that drive improved student outcomes.”

In May, HMH acquired Curiosityville, an online tool designed to help children between the ages of 3 and 8 to develop learning skills through “playful exploration and discovery.”

Also in May, HMH acquired Channel One News, a company that transmits daily news programs to nearly 5 million upper elementary, middle, and high school students across the United States.

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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