A typical day at school for 12-year-old Sophie Kimura could be a social studies lesson which involves finding out what life is like in Illinois where her "e-pal" Dawn lives.

Or it could be spent expanding her vocabulary skills by reading the latest adventure of Harry Potter. It could also be used to write a review of a Marc Chagall exhibit for Kidstown.global, a Web site produced by children.

What Sophie ends up doing that day largely depends on herself. "I'm my own teacher," she explains.