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Yes, your student does make sense. As a Mac and PC user I have never taken full advantage of the tagging features embedded in files as much as I should but it certainly makes searching for files easier. On a Mac you can also create "Smart Folders". Smart Folders are "virtual" folders that can be created based on a search made of a word in the document name or used in a file. Meta-tagging will definitely be a skill that students will need in the future. For those who use Evernote or other such applications, it's an efficient way to group and subsequently locate items (that don't necessarily have to be the same file type).