So, along with the rest of the world I'm a big fan of Ted talks and recently watched Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud.html. I was not sure I agreed with him whole heartedly that children just need to be left to it, e.g it would be an exciting challenge for one of my own children but a disaster for my other child. Also it makes loads of sense for problem solving activities and projects but that's not the only skill we need to teach. Many children would be lost in self organised learning environments (SOLE) and do need more than a little support.
We had a mega play date later that day which was a great mix of age and ability so (with parental permission) I tested out our new writing game.
It was fascinating, the older ones took an instant role as teacher there was excellent collaborative learning between children, even those who were not natural 'join in' types. Also the children were able to select their own level of challenge (easier looking letters, cursive v non cursive etc) and get support when needed. A clear vote for both SOLE and bespoke learning environments.