In an interview with Zeit Online, Hendrik Drachsler explains his views on digitalization and cell phone bans in schools. He outlines that the hurdles associated with digitalization should be taken seriously, but that he is also very critical of extreme demands such as a complete ban on digitalization in schools.

In his eyes it is important to differentiate between the usage of private devices and devices provided by the schools. Studies show that the use of private devices during the school day can distract students from learning and lower their concentration rates, for example during the private consummation of social media. On the other hand, the usage of tablets and AI during class can bring added value to the teaching process, especially while teaching complex concepts and with the individualization of learning. A problem in many schools is the bring your own device (BYOD) concept, which can lead to technical problems and social inequality, as not all students have access to the same level of equipment.

While digital media can be used well in some areas of teaching, Hendrik warns against using them too extensively in elementary school, as traditional learning methods are more important in this age group. In general, teachers should encourage a balanced use of digital media with transparent rules of usage for the students and support alternative activities like hobbies and sport. Different opinions on digitalization in schools exist, but Hendrik stresses in the interview that a complete ban as well as a total digitalization can be problematic. It is important to take possible negative effects into consideration and to promote media education. Despite possible concerns, practical experience shows that students often respond positively to a ban on cell phones during class, as it can reduce distractions and prevent conflicts.

Overall, the interview emphasizes the importance of a balanced approach to the integration of digital media in the classroom and highlights the need to consider possible negative effects and take measures to minimize them where necessary.