The web, spreadsheets and Inspiration software allow the students to investigate hurricanes and show their findings, the students are also working in cooperative groups with purposeful partnering and co-engagement in the software. This allows for reflection on what they are learning, as well as opportunities to co-construct knowledge together. The software focused on the task at hand (no major bells and whistles to distract the students from the learning goals).
Excel allowed students to display data (and use various formulas to analyze the data) and come up with evidence, the web-research allowed the students to come up with data and evidence. This would be more difficult to do without the technology tools.
The teacher selected a real world problem (local and recent hurricanes that impact their lives), as well as teaching them how to analyze real data and solve a problem.