1a. Use Windows Explorer or Finder to copy the full card to the Media drive.
1b. (Always start a new shoot with an empty card. Never 'continue' shooting on a card with media present.)
2a. Open the Premiere Pro project and use the Media Browser for Import duties.
2b. (Students will have to bring their cards. You're teaching them how to use professional software. They need to learn professional habits. They're adults now, don't coddle them)
I teach video editing on a number of film production courses. Students should always have an external HDD for their own media. 1TB 7200rpm USB3 portable drive. G-Drive has a good one. I get them to format them for ExFAT to allow Mac & PC access.
I get students to use Disk Utility on the Mac to make a dmg archive of the camera card
This image can then be mounted and Media Browser & Ingest Settings used to take a copy of the card media (and proxies if necessary) and deposit in their working media folders on their HDD.
Cards are naturally formatted, the Card images created are stored away from their working drive as a backup and they have their portable drives with all variants of their media allowing them to work on any Mac in the room as the media linked to a named Volume on a Mac and not a lettered drive C:\ etc
Thanks for the suggestions. I understand what you are both saying and will have students use a variation of the suggestions.
I must say I find this "solution" rather convoluted. When we use Lightroom, there is an option to Copy the images from the card to a specific location on the computer - there is even an option to save it to two different locations. For my way of thinking, this is a much more logical workflow since I don't always want to use everything on a card.
This is exactly what I was looking for.