Our Year 9 ICT students are required to pair up and are given a topic to research and present to the rest of the class. Here is a link to the SOLO Inquiry task.
The research and ICT skills they develop in ts task are valuable for them to use in other subjects and later years.
They are also taught how to give a short and effective presentation to an audience.
Here is an example of Mitchell and Kaleb's research answering the simple question: "What was the Dust Bowl?"