When we studied the failure of the Spanish Armada I used Excel. Students were given a table with three coloured columns entitled: "Elizabeth's tactics", "Luck", and "Poor Planning" and seven sources relating to the Armada were added underneath. The task was to copy and paste each reason into the correct column - and then provide supporting evidence for their decision. This enabled students to examine the different interpretations for why the Armada failed.
When they came to complete an assessment later in the term I was delighted to see how all were able to demonstrate this understanding - I feel the ICT exercise was fundamental in illustrating the point.
The final part of the project was to create the web page. I put my Year 8s into groups and made each responsible for an aspect of Elizabeth I's reign. They had two lessons to produce information with a supported conclusion. Designing a web page is supposed to be difficult, but using Word the students easily typed in their information, inserted pictures and added in hyperlinks. Although Professional web page designers may find Word clumsy for web design (as it produces unnecessary code) for use in school it is perfect. By this stage all pupils were confident in using Word and to create a web page was simple - they just selected "Save As HTML".
I do wish they hadn't discovered how to create backgrounds though - some of the gaudy colours are enough to give you a headache. They obviously that think it is fantastic.