Review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Education | Updated August 2014
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OI File Manager

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Organize and share files on mobile devices with this functional tool

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  • Character & SEL

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Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
7-12
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Pros: Basic open-source tool allows users to easily find, open, compress, organize, and share files on mobile devices.

Cons: Unfamiliar format is daunting at first for file-manager newbies.

Bottom Line: Bare-bones organizational tool has no bells, whistles, or distractions.

Teachers can use OI File Manager to manage their files on mobile devices. Just as teachers may create hierarchical folder systems on a computer, with folders for each class period or each subject taught, they can use OI File Manager to organize files on their mobile devices. Students and teachers can use the app to easily share files by emailing them or opening them in other compatible apps on their devices. Files can be quickly deleted as well, so OI File Manager would be a convenient tool at the end of the school year to help clear old files.

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OI File Manager is an open-source file manager that shows all files on a mobile device arranged hierarchically. It looks more like an old desktop file system than the interface teachers -- and especially students -- may be used to seeing in apps. Although it looks complex, the program is pretty basic, showing all the files on a device categorized by app or by status (e.g., downloads). From within the file manager, teachers or students can open, compress, organize, and share files. Most files won’t be of any concern to teachers or students, but the app-specific and downloads folders can make finding and sharing documents easier. For example, the downloads folder houses all PDFs downloaded onto a device. The Skitch folder (if that's an app used on the device) contains all documents manipulated in Skitch. Students and teachers can share documents from within OI File Manager rather than open each app separately, and multiple files can be shared at the same time, even compressed into zip files to make sharing large files possible.

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Teachers and students familiar with file managers will be able to use OI File Manager immediately. Once it’s loaded, all files on a mobile device (or on the device’s SD card) are accessible. Those not familiar with file managers may need to explore a bit to get comfortable and find the files they’d like to access, as no tutorial or help is provided. Even though OI File Manager isn't graphically intuitive for today’s app users, it eventually makes sense and is easy to use, making it the quickest and easiest method for sharing files -- especially large files that can be compressed within the app.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

OI File Manager is mostly a teacher tool, although high school students also could use it to manage their devices and file sharing. It's purely functional -- easy to use after a bit of exploring, but not a familiar-looking WYSIWG app.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Although not specifically designed for learning, OI File Manager is a tool that empowers teachers and students to organize and share files across apps and platforms.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

No help or tutorial is provided to break down the how-to's, but functions are clearly described by their names -- copy, send, move, etc. 


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Amanda Bindel Classroom teacher

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Michelle B. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Cabell County Career Technology Center
Huntington, WV
Organizing tool for files on your android device

This program has similar features to dropbox. Teachers can drop assignments into individual folders for students to retrieve and students can send documents back to the teacher. This app is strictly a no-frills- down-to-business app and might be difficult for someone who isn't experienced with virtual organization. The biggest hindrance is that it only works on Android operating system and is not available anywhere else. Students who do not have android devices would not be able to access and share anything. This is not a tool ideal for a whole classroom for this reason. Those with droid devices might find it useful because it does take all the files on your phone and place them in folders as well. Everything is organized neatly on your device.

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