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The Basics of the Slide Editor

The Slide Editor is a powerful tool used to create and edit presentations. It can be reached through the Editor Button when making a new post, or by clicking the gear above a post, then selecting Edit Presentation, if a post already has a presentation. When the tool opens, on the left hand side of the screen there will be a variety of tools. Hovering over a tool will highlight it and show the name. 

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Getting Started

Any tab in which you have permissions to make a post, you will see the Create A Post Bar. Click inside this bar to start your post. 


Every post must have a title to be published. Type your title in the Create a Post box. 

Slide Editor

The four icons below are tools for the Slide Editor. 

Media Tool

Camera Tool

Embed Tool

Editor Tool

Media Tool

Content uploaded from your computer. This content may be video files, image files, or gifs. When files are dropped or uploaded, a progress bar will appear and on finish, the photo(s) will appear in your post.

Camera Tool

The platform has the ability to connect to a camera that is permanently mounted in your studio or classroom. Some schools may not use this feature. Teachers and Administrators can contact support@nuvustudio.org if you would like to learn more or add this feature to your site.

Once selected, a menu will appear allowing you to scroll through and sort by date. Selecting an image will highlight it with a pink outline. After selecting your images, clicking insert will add them to your presentation

Embed Tool

Videos (Youtube, Vimeo) or links to interactive web-based content (Google Slides, etc.) can be added from this tab. This includes PDFs that are hosted elsewhere on the web or cloud. 

In order for files hosted on a cloud-based service (Google Drive, etc.) to be embedded on the Platform, set the viewing permissions of that file to be anyone with the link or public.

Paste the link to the content in the Gray Text box, and click Embed. The first slide of the linked document, or representative frame from the video, should appear in the Presentation. 

Slide Editor

Before entering the slide editor, you must set a title for your post. The slide editor is a powerful tool to take your presentation design to the next level. See other tutorials for more information on the Slide Editor.

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Administrators can edit schools settings at a global level, changing much of the configurations inside. There are 5 main sections that this guide will go over, each with their own individual options. Throughout the school settings, many of the options contain a ? next to the input area. Hovering over the ? will explain what the section is for. 


Full Name of School

A place to enter the full name of your school. Ex: Cambridge School for Innovation.


The prefix to your website's domain. [subdomain].nuvustudio.com. Ex: cambridge.nuvustudio.org.

Custom Domain

By Default, Who Can See Posts

Use this option to set school wide default options for posts. 

Radio Buttons

Each of these radio buttons contains a ? to explain itself. In order:

NuVuX School: Is this a NuVuX School?

Allow Search Engines to index the school?: Used for opting into/out of search engine indexing.

Uses transcript feature: Does this school use the transcript feature? See our transcript sections of the documentation for more information.

Uses camera feature: Does this school use the camera feature? Camera feature allows you to select images from uploads for posts

Camera Sync Key

Your unique key ID to sync up with your school's camera.


What's Shown First on Explore Page?

Use this option to choose what is shown on your explore page. Choose between: Projects, Studios and Users.

Color Code

Decides your School's unique color. This is used in a variety of styling choices across your school's site, including the top bar.

Alternate X Label

The next few options all change all aspects of one word or concept on the site to another. This guide will talk about one example, but will not explain all four. 

For Studios: The platform refers to the basic course unit as a 'Studio' use this option to change to an alternate name. Ex: 'Course'

Logo Image

Upload an image to this section to change your school's logo. Located in the top left of the site. 


Each of the three tags Studio, Project and User provide tagging options for their respective aspect of the site. The Cambridge NuVu site uses a variety of tags for greater clarification on Studios, Projects and Users. Types of tags can also be added, as seen in the image above, the Cambridge NuVu school contains tags such as Term, Focus and Methodology to greater refine tagging on the site.

Tab Templates

Tab Templates

Templates provide a starting point for studios. When a staff member creates a new studio, they are able to select from available templates to auto-create tabs for that studio. This is useful for quickly getting a studio up and running


Each School has a unique grading structure. Our Grading Tab lets you create a grading schema through a unique number of options. Through selections such as Skill Categories, Skill Category Names, Levels of Mastery and Skills custom grading for your school is highly streamlined

Follow the steps in the video to log into the website for the first time.

  1. Go to your school's domain, such as https://cambridge.nuvustudio.com.
  2. Go to the top right corner of the page and click on Login.
  3. Click on Reset Password, enter your Email and click Send Password Reset Link.
  4. Go to the email you entered in the previous step and look for an email from NuVu with the subject line: "NuVu Password Reset Instructions". Open up this email and click on the pink button titled: Reset your Password.
  5. Follow the link from Reset your Password. Enter a new password once, and then again to confirm. Afterwards, click Update Password to finalize your new password. You'll be automatically logged in. 

Logging in with Google Authentication 

  1. Head to the top right and click on Log In
  2. Click on Log in with Google Authentication and you'll be brought to the Google Log in page
  3. Choose an account that is registered on our website. This should be your school email or whatever email you signed up to our site with. If you use an email that is not registered in our system, you will encounter an error.

Inserting A Template into a Studio

Templates are a powerful tool to quickly get a presentation up and running. Coaches can add Templates to their Studios, this allows students to use and add them to their posts. Head to the Template Hub and scroll to either My Templates or School Templates. Each section will have different content. My Templates consists of any templates you have saved from the Slide Editor. School Templates consists of templates that have been converted from My Templates and are made available to everyone. To turn a Template into School Template, click the gear next to the name in My Templates and click Make School Template

Note: Turning a Personal Template into a School Template will remove it from the My Template List.

To insert a template into a Studio, click on the gear next to any template in My Templates or School Templates and click Add to a Studio. A new dropdown will appear, click on the Text Box and type in the name of your studio. When your studio appears, click it to add it to the list. A template can be added to multiple studios at once, simply type another studio name after you're done adding the other. Once you're done, click the Add button. Whenever a presentation is created in that Studio, that template will be available to insert. 

Note: School Templates are unique per School.

Project Folders 

This guide will give Coaches and Teachers insight into how to create project folders for their students. Following this guide will get you set up with folders for your students to post and record their work in.

  1. Start by opening up your studio and heading to the Project Tab 
  2. Click on the Create a Project section and begin typing. This will be the name of the project. When you're done naming your project hit the enter key and a folder will appear. Example Project Name: the name of the students in the group. 
  3. Once the folder is created, click on it to open the folder. On the far right of the screen, click on the two people icon. This is the collaboration screen. From here we can add students to their projects. Under the Students section, clicking on a users' icon will add them to a studio. Clicking their icon again will remove them from the project. 
  4. You're done! Once you add students to their respective projects, they will be able to post and document their work. You should see a "By: Student Name Here" section below the name of the project. This means you've successfully added your students to their projects.


At first glance, the Studio structure might be overwhelming. The goal of this post is to go over what a studio is at first glance. We will talk about broad overviews, what you see when you enter a studio and basic navigation. For next steps, check out Creating your First Post or Creating your First Presentation.

What is a Studio?

At first glance, a studio is a collection of visual resources, text posts, embedded videos, assignments, portfolios and much more. Studios are the bread and butter of the NuVu experience. Our studio model is centered on visually-based media and content, and designed specifically for studio-based teaching and learning. A studio-based teaching environment is highly dynamic, with different phases and parts of projects happening simultaneously and also at their own paces. The platform is a tool that provides a structure for that process while also being flexible. Instructors can clearly communicate the intent and resources of the studio, and students can access and engage with these resources as needed.

What do I see in a Studio?

Refer to the picture above. Studios are split into Tabs. Each tab can be thought of as their own folder within the framework of the studio. When a studio is created, a preset number of tabs are created. This often includes tabs such as: Info, Calendar, Updates, Resources, Assignments, Projects, Feed. There are a few different types of tabs, each with their own type of content included inside. There are: 


  • A culmination of all posts in the studio. Everything posted in the studio will appear in this tab. This tab is searchable using @'s, #'s and Titles of Posts


  • An area to create sub folders. The assignments tab will typically host a variety of folders full of student work. This is a great spot to put introductory activities, small group exercise, or any work done before starting final projects. Each sub folder has sub tabs which can be configured in a studios settings. This tab is Coach-Access level and students can only post in the responses tab of each folder.


  • An area to create sub folders. The projects tab is similar to the Assignments Tab above with some slight differences. The most major of these is the type of work that goes here. The Projects tab should be used for Student Project Folders. Each project folder should have students added as co-editors, allowing them write access to their folders. These Student Project folders host all of a groups work throughout the studio.


  • A visually-based media and content feed of posts. The posts tab type is the most common and basic tab option. It is highly modular and can be catered towards many needs. It is a collection of visually-based media and text based content. The most common uses of it are Info, Announcements and Updates tabs. It is the bread and butter of the NuVu platform model. 


  • An embedded Calendar for studio organization. The Calendar tab type creates a calendar that can be organized in Day, Week or Month view. All options are configurable and events are able to be added as Links or Assignments. 

Basic Navigation

From a first look, the name of the studio is prominently displayed in the center of the screen, Directly below it, the studio has a set of readily available tabs. Each tab contents unique information with the types of tabs listed above. Clicking each tab will open up our visually-based media and content feed. 

Platform Collaboration

Often times when you're in a studio, you have a partner. A few questions arise: Who is going to post our work? Can we work on a post together? These questions can be answered by talking about the collaboration features on the Platform. Go to any post you've created and click on the gear in the top right. Go down to the bottom option in the drop down menu: Collaborators. From here, you can manage your Collaborators on your post. You can add and remove people from this list. Once added, that user will have editing privileges on your post. They can edit the post name, the body text and even the presentation. Be careful about editing at the same time. The last person to click "publish" after editing a post will override the content. See the video above for an example of this.

Creating your First Presentation

In this video, we will be talking about creating your very first presentation. We will go over basic navigation to a new presentation, creating new content and finally going over the tools available.  

Create new Presentation, give it a title, then click on the Editor button. This will open up the Slide Editor. There are 3 main sections to the Slide Editor. The Left, Top and Right menus. On the left, we have all of the info about slides and preview images for them. On the Top, there are a variety of content creating buttons and other menus we can bring up. On the Right, if we had any content selected or menu pulled up, we would have the info panel. We'll talk about that more later.

Let's start by adding some content. Let's add a piece of text. Head to the top bar and hover over the icons, eventually you'll see one called "Text". Click it to create some text. On the right side, we can now see the info panel appearing. Use this panel to change Alignment, Color, Font Size and much more. 

Consider checking out other tutorials, such as the Types of Content tab or check out the master list of Slide Editor Tools to get a more advanced look into the Slide Editor.