Spotlight on Hueneme COAST


Over 130 Hueneme Elementary School District teachers are 'coasting through their classrooms' and learning more about technology and teaching in COAST! Located in Port Hueneme, CA, the district includes nine elementary schools and two middle schools -- over 8,000 students. HESD has made it part of their mission to 'empower students by teaching them critical thinking skills through a rigorous academic experience in a digitally-rich environment.'

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Behind that digitally-rich environment are innovative educators and TOSAs who are using technology to support and elevate learning opportunities. Since 2017, these educators have been playing COAST to explore and reflect on new technology teaching. COAST stands for Collaborative, Online, Activity-based, Self-paced Training. The 'Surfs-up' themed game is the brainchild of HESD's Technology Resource Specialist Liz Hoppe, who has developed missions and activities that align with the districts goals for learning, including: Digital Tools, Professional Learning, Pedagogy, Collaboration and SAMR.

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There are two versions of the COAST Game: Coast Through My Classroom for teachers, and Coast Like a Boss for administrators. Hoppe encourages players with fun incentives, like coffee and donuts for top players and schools, as well as level-based incentives like tee-shirts and upgraded staff iPads.

I really liked the “go paperless” activity because it has impacted me to continue thinking paperless as much as possible...and it makes life easier!
— 6th Grade Teacher, HESD
I think the learning that was most meaningful was reviewing the SAMR model. It reminded me of how to use tech effectively in my room.
— 3rd Grade Teacher, HESD


Check out some of the fun activities from the COAST game, and visit the HESD COAST Twitter page.

  • Have a Worksheetless Day

  • Collaborate with another school

  • Create and scan a QR code

  • TPACK vs. SAMR

  • And many, many more!

For me, seeing how much I’d already learned boosted my belief in my own skills.
— 2nd Grade Teacher, HESD