Using hyperlinks

Problem-centred tasks

Creating a short text with hyperlinks using available applications (e.g. Word, Google doc, etc.)


  • Designing a digital information leaflet for visitors to a local attraction

  • Writing an email announcement about a school event

  • Creating a text for school web page

  • Writing a blog post on a given/chosen topic

  • Contributing to a class wiki


Scaffolding activities

#1 Webpage labels

Students analyse a web page and label its different elements (e.g. text, images, hyperlinks, links for downloading, etc.). They explore what a hyperlink is and why they are used in texts.

#2 How many?

Students compare digital texts with too many, not enough and no hyperlinks. Then they explore how the different uses of hyperlinks affect their reading in both positive and negative ways.

#3 Lost

Students explore digital texts which encourage them to follow multiple hyperlinks provided in each text. They reflect on  how following multiple links can make them lose the thread of the narrative or argument.

#4 Hypertext rules

Students explore (1) what information is hyperlinked in a chosen text, (2) why and (3) how long a hyperlink should be.

#5 Harmful hyperlinks

Students explore, identify and generate a list of features of harmful hyperlinks.

#6 Power of language

Students explore how hyperlinks can be used for manipulation and persuasion.

#7 Circle the word

Students compose their texts and circle the words they think should be hyperlinked considering their context, audience and aim of the text. They explain their choice.

#8 Collecting resources

Students find relevant websites which can be used for the hyperlinks in their texts.