EPD - Course Technologies - Screencasting - Using Explain EDU

This document provides an overview of Explain EDU and directions for using it to record a presentation and save it to a cloud based file sharing service.

Explain EDU is a mobile app that can be used to create and record presentations. It integrates with a number of cloud services, and allows you to create new presentations or record animations, notations, and narration with existing presentations.

EPD supports the Explain EDU app to create annotated recorded presentations/screencasts on mobile devices. 
This document provides directions for using Explain EDU to create/annotate presentations on an iPad running iPad OS. For assistance or to obtain a license, contact onlinesupport@epd.wisc.edu

To record a video using Explain EDU, you will need:

To Complete the Recording:

  1. Open the Explain EDU App
  2. From the Home screen, tap on New Project 
    Tap on the New Project Icon

  3. Under Start With, choose the appropriate option. To use Explain EDU with an existing PowerPoint or other file, choose Files

    Tap on Files to navigate to an existing PowerPoint file

  4. From the source pane, navigate to the folder where you've saved your PowerPoint or other presentation file. 

    Navigate to the Cloud service where you hosted your PowerPoint

  5. Select the file and download it to your device. The file will download to your device and you will see a purple checkmark to indicate that the download is complete.

  6. Next, choose Import from the top right hand corner of the screen to import the file into Explain EDU. 
  7. This will create a new version of the file within Explain EDU used to create the recording.
  8. Once the file loads, choose the Separate Slides option from the dropdown. This imports each individual PowerPoint slide as a separate slide within Explain EDU
    Import Each as Separate Slide
  9. Explain EDU is also a full featured presentation building tool, so you may want to lock the slides to prevent them from moving while you're presenting. To do this, toggle the lock pages slider to ensure that they stay centered.

    Slide the lock pages toggle to on 

  10. In the top left hand corner, click on the Project dropdown to rename your project. Use a naming convention (eg EPD-Course#-Unit#-TopicName-SubTopicName) to keep your projects straight. 
    • Note: If this is the first time you've recorded with Explain EDU, you will want to adjust your record or export settings. Please see 95481 for these settings.

  11. To record your narration, click on the red record icon. 
    • Note: You will get the clearest sound on an iPad using an external microphone. If recording with an iPad Pro with USB-C, you can use a USB headset with a USB to USB-C converter.

      Click on the red record button to record

    • As you record, section of narration will be associated with the specific slide that you are currently viewing.
    • If you need to re-record a slide or section, you can use the overwrite option or mix in new sound. 
    • For further details on recording see:
    • For detailed information on the annotation tools available, see Draw, annotate, and highlight

  12. When you have completed the recording, you will need to export the completed video for use on the Canvas course site or as part of a longer video made with Camtasia.
    • For the best quality, we recommend adjusting the export settings to the highest quality possible. For recommended export settings see 95481.

  13. Click on the Export icon in the upper right hand corner. Choose Video from the list.

    Click on the Export icon in the upper right hand corner

  14. From the next list, scroll down the options and choose Box (or another appropriate cloud service).  

    Select the Cloud Service you want to save to

  15. Navigate to the appropriate folder in Box and choose Export

    Click on the Export button to export the file

  16. The next screen notifies you that the project is being prepared for export.
  17. Once the project has completed the export and upload process, you will see an Upload Complete message.

    Upload Complete Message