Getting children managing their own files is essential to developing them into skilled users of technology. I have been finding Microsoft OneDrive in collaboration with Word, PowerPoint and Excel in the Office 365 environment is a wonderful vehicle for developing these skills across devices and operating systems.
Poor file management often results in things being lost and systems running poorly. As many teachers are not "digital natives", file management is not something we are necessarily very good at ourselves. This can then mean that we are not considering the development of these skills in our students or modelling it well to them in the classroom. As our students engage more frequently with technology and continue to create digital products, they need to be mindful of how they are archiving their work. Similarly as teachers, we need to ensure that student work is saved as evidence of their achievement.
Setting it up
Teaching good habits
Even if the students take a little time to get into the swing of saving to their OneDrive, I do think making students responsible in this way is going to give them the opportunity to develop stronger file management skills and organisation. It also broadens their thinking about digital systems, data and data transmission.