The past two school years I've been teamed with the school librarian to teach an elective for our 7th and 8th grade students. The first year we were given two days notice of this class, so we had difficulty in coming up with a curriculum for the class. This past year, however, I was a little more assertive and we had a tech class.
The students span the entire spectrum of the learning curve, however we made sure everyone kept up.
The first thing we did was to make a list of what the students were lacking in with regards to knowledge of the technology. Even things as basic as adding a picture and formatting it on MS Word.
So, I used text from the Jane Austen book "Sense and Sensibility" (it's in the public domain) and taught the kids how to format the text appropriately, not just for a term paper but also for a publication. We then added copyright approved pictures, columns, Word Art for the title and a drop cap to dress it up.