Using Flipgrid in Canvas

Getting Flipgrid set up in Canvas

Are you ready to get your Flipgrid on? Before you do, here are the pros and cons of adding it to Canvas.

Pros:

  • It is easy to access from your course for both you and your students
  • It will automatically register your students in your Flipgrid group (previously grid) no code needed
  • You can create external assignments for Flipgrid topics right in Canvas
  • You can grade the videos in Speedgrader

Cons:

  • It only creates one group per course (previously grid) so differentiating by section (period) means making multiple topics or one topic for the whole course (video moderation option…see below)
  • To use a rubric to grade an external tool like Flipgrid you will need to use the External Tools Rubric Workaround

Have you decided? Here are the steps to integrate Flipgrid:

  • Open your course and choose “settings” from the course navigation.
  • Select the “apps” tab and search for Flipgrid, click on it and then choose “+ Add App”, we now need info from Flipgrid
  • In a separate browser tab, open Flipgrid (log in using your Office 365 account or create an account if you do not have one)
  • In the upper right corner of your Flipgrid tab, find your account and click it, then choose “integrations”
  • Click “Add New Integration”
  • Title the integration so it makes sense for the course you are adding it to (you will need to repeat this for each course) copy the Consumer Key
  • Return to Canvas and paste the Consumer Key
  • Return to Flipgrid and copy the Shared Secret
  • Return to Canvas and paste the Shared Secret
  • Click Add App
  • From Settings, choose the “Navigation” tab at the top and refresh your screen
  • Move Flipgrid from the disabled section to enabled section and SAVE
  • From Course navigation, click on Flipgrid and grant permission to make a group for the course

Creating a Flipgrid Assignment

Now that you have decided to add Flipgrid to Canvas, it’s time to make an assignment. Before you being, think about the following:

  1. Do I want to attach a rubric in Canvas to use in Speedgrader?
  2. Is this for all my students? Do I need them to respond to one another?
  3. Is this for all my students but I will be the only one to see the response?

First, determine if you want to add a rubric to use directly in Speedgrader (as opposed to the Flipgrid rubric). If you want to use a rubric, please follow these steps for External Tools Rubric Workaround and then proceed with the following assignment options.

Assignment for ALL students, student responses by Course section

To differentiate the topic for each section of your course, you will want to follow these instructions. Students will only see the assignment for their section (using Canvas assignments or modules), but from Flipgrid, would be able to see all sections. Consider disabling Flipgrid from course navigation (you can still access it from assignments).

  1. From Assignments or Modules (Add Assignment) choose new assignment
  2. Add your title, brief instructions (outside of the Flipgrid topic…we will add that later) points, and grading group as needed
  3. From Submission Type select “External Tool”
  4. Click “Find” and navigate (by scrolling in the internal box) to Flipgrid
  5. Click Flipgrid (it will be gray) and then click Select
  6. Now we need to choose the section this will be assigned to. X out “Everyone” and choose the section this assignment will be available to
  7. Adjust due dates as needed
  8. Save (or Save and Publish)
  9. Flipgrid will now appear and you will want to click the pencil to edit this topic
  10. Enter the topic information, change the image, time, and customize per normal Flipgrid choices
  11. Update your topic
  12. Repeat for each section of your course as needed

Assignment for ALL students, no student interactions needed (all courses)

You might have a topic that you are using to gather information from your students, but they will not need to respond to one another. In this case, you can create one Flipgrid topic for your course and all your sections. But you will have one important step to follow to make sure they do not see everyone in your courses responses. You need to turn VIDEO MODERATION  on.

  1. From Assignments or Modules (Add Assignment) choose new assignment
  2. Add your title, brief instructions (outside of the Flipgrid topic…we will add that later) points, and grading group as needed
  3. From Submission Type select “External Tool”
  4. Click “Find” and navigate (by scrolling in the internal box) to Flipgrid
  5. Click Flipgrid (it will be gray) and then click Select
  6. Leave assign to Everyone
  7. Adjust due dates as needed
  8. Save (or Save and Publish)
  9. Flipgrid will now appear and you will want to click the pencil to edit this topic
  10. Enter the topic information, change the image, time, and customize per normal Flipgrid choices but make sure to slide VIDEO MODERATION to ON
  11. Update your topic

Flipgrid video moderation

 

Using Flipgrid with your students

Students have several ways to access Flipgrid depending on how you set your course up

  1. Assignments
  2. Modules
  3. Flipgrid (from course navigation)
  4. Canvas app

Troubleshooting Tips:

Flipgrid App: Students will not be able to access your course directly from Flipgrid or Flipgrid app. For students using their phone, they will need to use the Canvas student app in order to access Flipgrid. It will appear via the app and allow them to record from their device.

Flash not enabled: Students may find that they have a hard time accessing Flipgrid if Flash is disabled or from older browsers. Chrome often works best, but here are instructions on enabling Flash on Chrome.*

Allowing access to camera and/or microphone: Students might get a pop-up or in-screen request to access their camera and microphone, they should allow. If they chose do not allow, they will not be able to record their video. Here are steps to enable this on Chrome and on Edge.*

*Please note that students should ask parent permission to enable on family devices.

Additional Resources

If you’d like to learn more about the Flipgrid integration, check out these resources from Flipgrid

Flipgrid Canvas Integration Setup and FAQ

Printable directions for integration

Canvas Community tips and tricks

For more help, please ask your Ed Tech Lead or Ed Tech TOSA. You can learn more about Flipgrid right here on the BNP!

  1. Thank you for the thoughtful and useful post. I just WISH it integrated as easily as TEAMS does. But alas, Canvas is not a Microsoft product, so I get it. Just darn it!

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