Flipgrid Student Sign in and Join Code Tutorial

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Flipgrid is a video discussion platform that enables students to engage in meaningful learning experiences using video responses. Teachers, the Group creators, post topics and invite students to interact with these topics through short video answers recorded using Flipgrid's camera. To learn more about Flipgrid, check out this full review I shared earlier here in educatorstechnology.com. 

In today's post, I am sharing with you the different ways students can sign in to Flipgrid.  But first, let us clarify the difference between sharing a join code or link for a Group and a Topic.

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Flipgrid tutorial for teachers

Which to share the Join Code for a Topic or Group?

A Group, as I explained in Flipgrid review, is a virtual space which includes Topics. You can create as many Topics  as you want. To share with your students the Topics included in a Group you can use a Group Join Code or Link. Alternatively, you can share a specific Topic with students in which case you will only share the Join Code or Link of that Topic.

Here are the 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 thus granting students access to your Topics and Groups. You can sync up to 500 students from Classroom roster to Flipgrid. If you use this login option, only students included in the Classroom roster will be able to join your Flipgrid discussions. Others will not be able to join even via email. But you can always update your Classroom roster to add/delete students. "When removing students from your class, please note this will only remove their access to your Group - any videos these students had posted will remain, and their names will still show in the members list." 

To enable students to join your Flipgrid Group using their Google Classroom login credentials, you need to set up Google Classroom in your Flipgrid account. Here is how to do it. 
  • Open your Flipgrid account
  • Choose whether you want to create a new Group or select and 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 you want to sync. 
  • Grant Flipgrid access, then select a Class from the drop-down menu. 
Check out this guide to learn more about how 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 the Group creator, you get to set up usernames for students. You can create as many usernames as you want and you can also bulk upload up to 250 usernames at a time by uploading a 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 is 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 Usernames
  • You can either manually add  students first and last names and the assigned usernames or you can upload a CSV. Note that usernames are both case and space sensitive. "After adding a member, you can print a QR code for the member to scan to join the discussion".
  • Share the generated join code with students.
Check out this guide to learn more about how to add students by username or QR Code.

3- Add students by email or domain

Flipgrid allows you, the Group creator, to specify which emails or domains can join your Group and its Topics. For instance, you can add students emails directly or use the school or district email domain (e.g., @school.edu) so that only those that have emails with that domain can access your Groups and its Topics. Here is 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 email domains: Give access to members who share an email domain. A domain is anything after the @ sign. For example, adding @school.edu would allow any member with that domain to join (they must also have the join code). If using email domains, beware that other classrooms, the entire school or even the school district can have access to the Group or Topic if they have the join code.
  • Add individual emails: Give permission to specific email addresses. For example, adding membername@school.edu would only allow the member with that specific email to join. We recommend using individual emails when the Topic is set for a specific Group of members for a specific classroom conversation.
  • Tip: Group leads can bulk add emails or domains by adding them to a CSV file and uploading it."
Share the generated join code with students.