We love seeing how our community uses public Groups and Topics to bring people together and spark meaningful discussions. Public Groups and Topics are not, however, intended for classroom use.
When your Permissions are set to Public in a Group or Topic, anyone with the join code and a Microsoft or Google account can participate in the discussion. To ensure the safety and privacy of classroom discussions, please update your existing Group or Topic with Public Permissions to the other available Permissions. Student email or Google Classroom permissions allow specific students to access a Group or Topic and require students to join using their provided school credentials, which is preferred.
You may need to update the permissions for your Group or Topic if any of the following occur:
- Students might receive an error message indicating that they don’t have access to the discussion and should contact their educator.
- The Topics within the Group are moderated and you don’t want to moderate the discussion.
- In the Educator dashboard your Group or Topic Permissions indicate that your Group or Topic is set to Public Permissions that are no longer allowed.
How to edit your existing Public Group Permissions
1. Select the existing Public Group
2. Select Edit Group
3. Go to the *Permissions section
4. Select either Student Email - this is the most secure method and there is the option to individually put all student emails ex)firstname.lastname@example.org or just the email domain ex) @student.eu. Other permission options include Username or Google Classroom
5. Select Update Group
How to turn off Topic Moderation on an existing Public Topic
Topics that belong to existing public Groups will automatically be moderated to further protect those who use Flipgrid. If you would like to turn off Topic Moderation, you will be required to update the permissions of the existing public Group first and then you will be able to turn off Topic Moderation in the Topic.
1. Follow the steps in How to edit your existing Group Permissions
2. Select the Topic that previously was in a Public Group
3. Select Edit Topic
4. Go to the Essentials section
5. Turn off Topic Moderation
6. Select Update Topic
To understand the available Permissions and how students, families or guests will join, see Permissions: Overview of How Students Join. This article will also explain how to update the Permissions and how to enable a Topic for families and guests to participate in the discussion.