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Video clip synopsis – This Xpression explores how children communicate today via the internet. In the past, writing a letter or postcard was the most dominant form of sending messages.
Year of production - 2009
Duration - 1min 34sec
Tags - animation, Asia, Asia Kahootz Movies, change and continuity, creativity, digital technology, environment, India, language, media text, Screen Asia, technology and society, telecommunications, see all tags


Kahootz Xpression - The Message

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About the Video Clip


This Xpression is based on a ‘postcard’ or sharing of information (eg. Email pen pal, MySpace friend, blog) from a student in Australia to a student in India. The text of the message relates to information about where they are and what they see. Students can view the Xpression as an example of how we communicate using digital technologies. The scenes show an Australian child, living in the outback, emailing her friend in India while she is visiting the Taj Mahal.

This digital resource is from the project Screen Asia, a joint production of the Asia Education Foundation, Australian Children’s Television Foundation and Screen Australia Digital Learning. Click here for more digital resources for Asia.

Curriculum Focus


In the middle years of schooling, students can synthesise, analyse, reflect on and apply their learning to personal experiences of Asia in an increasingly independent way. They engage in cultural exchange, reflecting their enhanced understanding of their own culture, and their richer and broader framework of knowledge and understanding of Asian cultures. The aim is that students will increasingly empathise with people from different cultural backgrounds, and develop intercultural values and skills to participate in, learn from, contribute to and engage confidently in diverse cultural environments at home and abroad.

Asia Scope and Sequence: English, SOSE, The Arts

Australian Curriculum: English, History, Arts

All state and territory syllabuses for English, SOSE and Arts

Background Information


The Australian Children’s Television Foundation created the educational 3-D animation program Kahootz to be used in schools by primary and lower secondary students across a range of key learning areas. The animation program gives children the power to create complex narratives, blue/green screen movies, puzzles, games and presentations in a three dimensional world.

Kahootz 3.0 allows students to easily create, explore and invent in 3-D environments with pre-made worlds and objects. Children aged 7-15 can create amazing 3-D scenes combining Kahootz characters, animals and buildings with enhanced animation, soundtracks, their own voice-over and special visual effects. Kahootz 3.0 enhances creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving whilst engaging students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge of ICTs.

Viewing this Xpression will assist students to understand Asia, to develop informed attitudes and values, to know about contemporary Asia, and to connect Australia and India (refer to National Statement for Engaging Students with the Studies of Asia).

Classroom Activities


Ask students to:

  • Research the everyday life of a student in India.
  • Research written and spoken script in the Indian language.
  • Demonstrate different cultural settings using Kahootz tools.
  • Design what elements are required for each scene and how each will transition to the next.
  • Plan by using a storyboard, share ideas with others in the class.
  • Practice using Kahootz 3 to develop skills with the menu and functions.
  • Use Kahootz sounds, animation, swatching, keypointing, lighting effects and fog.
  • Present and explain your finished Xpression to others in the class.
  • Upload the finished Kahootz Xpression to your school’s Kahootz webpage.

Further Resources


The Australian Children’s Television Foundation

The Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Kahootz 3