We have been using Blabberize to take out boring research reports and turn them into fun, interactive reports.
We are currently learning about Ancient Egypt and the kids are obsessed with mummies (who wouldn't be... they pull your brains through your nose with a hook). In pairs, students used on level readings and webquests to answer questions about King Tut. They then, wrote up a report in the first person. We used the site http://blabberize.com/ to create these super cute reports. It is extremely simple to use. My students needed almost no guidance.
Here is an example: