Flipgrid is a video discussion platform that enables students to have meaningful learning experiences using video responses. Teachers, group creators, post topics and invite students to interact on these topics through short video answers recorded using Flipgrid’s cameras. To learn more about Flipgrid, check out this full review I shared earlier on educatorstechnology.com.
In today’s post, I’m sharing with you the different ways students can sign in to Flipgrid. But first, let’s explain the difference between joining a code or a link for a group and a topic.
Which share code to share for topic or group?
The group is a virtual space that includes topics, as I explained in Flipgrid Review. You can create as many topics as you want. You can use the group join code or link to share the topics covered in the group with your students. Alternatively, in case you can share specific topics with students, you will only share the joining code or link to that topic.
Here are different ways to add students to your group
1- Add students from Google Classroom
If you use Google Classroom with your students, Flipgrid allows you to easily import your Classroom Roster to Flipgrid giving students access to your subjects and groups. You can sync up to 500 students on a flipgrid from the classroom roster. If you use this login option, only students included in the classroom roster will be able to join your flipgrid discussion. Others will not be able to join via email. But you can always update your class roster to add / remove students. “When removing students from your class, please note that this will only remove their access to your group – any videos posted by these students will remain and their names will appear in the members list.”
In order for students to join your Flipgrid group using their Google Classroom login credentials, you need to set up Google Classroom in your Flipgrid account. Here’s how to do it.
- Open your Flipgrid account
- Select whether you want to create a new group and select an existing group
- Scroll down to ‘Manage members’ and click on Google Classroom.
- Sign in with your Google Account and select the Google Account linked to your Google Classroom that you want to sync.
- Grant flipgrid access, then select a category from the drop-down menu.
Check This guide To learn more about how to join Flipgrid using Google Classroom.
2- Add students by username or QR code
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|Students can also log in to Flipgrid using assigned usernames. As a group creator, you want to set usernames for students. You can create as many usernames as you want and you can upload up to 250 usernames at a time. Uploading CSV. “When creating a username, a unique QR code is also created for the member to scan on the free FlipGrid app for mobile devices and tablets.” Here’s how to set up usernames:
- Log in to your Flipgrid account
- Select an existing group or create a new group
- Scroll down to ‘Manage Members’ and click on Username
- You can either manually add student names and surnames and assigned usernames, or you can upload a CSV. Note that usernames are both case and space sensitive. “After adding a member, you can print the QR code to scan the member to join the discussion”.
- Share the generated join code with students.
Check This guide To learn more about how to connect students by username or QR code.
3- Connect students via email or domain
Flipgrid allows you, the group creator, to specify which emails or domains may be included in your group and the topics in it. For example, you can add student emails directly or use a school or district email domain (e.g., @ school.edu) so that only those who have emails from that domain can access your groups and topics within them. Here’s how to set up email or domain access:
- Log in to your Flipgrid account
- Select the group you want to add students to or create a new group
- Scroll down to ‘Manage Members’ and select ‘Email or Domain’.
- “Add an email domain: give access to members who share an email domain. The domain is anything after the @ sign. For example, adding @ school.edu will allow any member of that domain to join (they must also have a join code) if using an email domain, other Be aware that classrooms, entire schools, or even school districts may have access to a group or subject if they have a join code.
- Add personal email: Allow specific email addresses. For example, adding firstname.lastname@example.org will only allow a member of that particular email to join. We recommend using personal email when the topic is set for a specific group of members for a specific class conversation.
- Note: Group leads can be added by adding and uploading bulk emails or domains to a CSV file. “
Share the generated join code with students.