The Evolution of TeachMeet

This timeline is being constructed by Mags Amond, to clarify the origins, essence, context, and milestones in the evolution of TeachMeet to date. Mags is constructing the timeline as part of a PhD research project at Trinity College, Dublin. Contact amondm@tcd.ie with information, corrections, suggested edits.

A TeachMeet is an 'unconference' user-generated event, organised by teachers for teachers, wherein ideas are shared and discussed among peers. It was first organised in Scotland in 2006, with a nod to the format of Barcamp and the philosophy of Open Space Technology.

1984-01-01 00:00:00

Open Space Technology

Open Space Technology un conference format introduced by Harrison Owen in Monterey, Ca, USA

1988-08-01 00:00:00

IRC - Internet Relay Chat

IRC was created by Jarkko Oikarinen. IRC was used by early bloggers to contact and converse with each other.

1994-09-21 15:25:58

First occurence 'weblog', though not yet so named

It’s generally recognized that the first blog was Links.net, created by Justin Hall, while he was a Swarthmore College student in 1994.

1997-02-01 00:00:00

“weblog”

The term “weblog” was coined by Jorn Barger

1998-12-18 00:00:00

'Unconference'

The term "unconference" first appeared in an announcement for the annual XML developers conference, Chicago

1999-02-01 00:00:00

"blog"

The word weblog was shortened to “blog” in 1999 by programmer Peter Merholz

2001-01-15 00:00:00

Wikipedia

Wikipedia launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger

2003-02-01 19:00:00

First ever PekkaKucha

First ever PekkaKucha session held in Tokyo, Japan

2004-02-01 00:00:00

FaceBook

Facebook launchedby Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.

2005-02-01 00:00:00

YouTube

Youtube video-sharing service created by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim

2005-08-19 00:00:00

Barcamp is born

First Barcamp organised in Palo Alto, Ca, USA, as an open-to-all response to invitation only FooCamp

2005-09-21 00:00:00

When shall we three meet again?

Three Scottish Edu bloggers - John Johnson, Ewan McIntosh, and David Noble - meet face to face at SETT 2005, and from some wherein that conversation, the need to meet face to face and share became a reality.

2006-01-28 00:00:00

ScotEduBlogs wiki

ScotEduBlogs wiki set up and invitations to join published

2006-02-21 21:32:48

"Teachmeet Zero" - ScotEduBlogger Meetup

In the Jolly Judge pub in Edinburgh, arranged via wiki and IRC to take place after a conference. Conference Keynote, Will Richardson, attended with Ewan McIntosh, John Johnson, David Muir, Andrew Brown, and Grant Frazer

2006-03-21 00:00:00

Twitter is created

"Micro-blogging" as it was then called, messages within 140 characters, created by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams.

2006-09-20 17:00:00

First Teachmeet as TeachMeet

The 2nd edition of TeachMeet, and the first to use the title, took place in Glasgow, Scotland. Followed by a TeachEat.

2006-12-01 19:00:00

First Ignite

First ever Ignite talks session help in Seattle, Washington, USA.

2008-01-11 18:00:00

Teachmeet BETT begins...

First TeachMeet outside Scotland takes place at BETT, Olympia, London; followed by a TeachEat.

2008-02-19 19:42:30

First 'standalone' TM - not a fringe event

Perth hosted he first standalone Tm, not attached to any conference

2008-08-28 06:41:04

First TeachMeet Canada

Ewan McIntosh curated one of the first Teachmeets "abroad", and the first outside the UK, in Moosejaw, Canada.

2008-11-11 16:30:30

Is this the first instance of 'hashtag teachmeet' ?

Is this the first instance of the use of #teachmeet, in a tweet by @eddbu referring to the forthcoming first Netherlands Teachmeet?

2009-01-29 18:00:00

2009 First TeachMeet Netherlands

First TeachMeet in Utrecht, Netherlands

2009-02-13 19:00:00

First Teachmeet in Ireland

Ireland first TeachMeet hosted by CESI on the eve of their annual conference in Tallaght, Dublin. There have been over 100 TeachMeets to date in Ireland. Details are at Irish TeachMeet Wiki...

2009-03-14 00:00:00

First TeachMeet USA

TeachMeet at SACD Conferenence, Orelando, Florida, USA

2009-07-01 09:00:00

First TeachMeet in Wales

Held as part of the Wales Moodle Moot / Learn Tech event in Glyndwr University, Wrexham.

2010-01-01 09:00:00

First TeachMeet Australia

Enter story info here

2010-01-01 09:00:00

First Teachmeet Sweden

Enter story info here

2010-01-14 10:00:00

Teachmeet Takeover introduced at BETT

Teachmeet Takeover is introduced at BETT 2010. Exhibitors allow teachers to use their booth as a platform for TeachMeet style presentations throughout the day

2010-05-01 09:00:00

(First ever Edcamp)

(The first Edcamp took place this month in Philadelphia, USA.)

2012-03-02 18:00:00

TeachMeet Malaysia

TeachMeet migrates to Malaysia, Netherlands and many more countries. (Documentation of first TM in each place is not yet verified.)

2012-03-02 18:00:00

First Teachmeet Northern Ireland

First Teachmeet in Northern Ireland in Stranmillis College, followed by TeachEat.

2012-03-09 02:16:08

NAACE Imapct Award for TeachMeet

In the UK, NACCE awarded the 2012 Impact Award for Collaborative Group Project to TeachMeet

2014-01-05 16:00:00

"National TeachMeet Day" organised for UK

A suggestion by Stephen Lockyer led to a #TMUK coalition organising 18 TM events on this day

2014-01-24 18:30:00

"World's Biggest TeachMeet"

Billed and T-Shirted as the "World's Biggest TeachMeet", 650 registered. Several hundred attended at this BETT TM.

2016-01-22 18:30:00

TeachMeet 10th Anniversary at BETT

Teachmeet celebrates 10th Birthday at the BETT Arena, with cake, champagne, and an announcement from Ewan McIntosh of a crowd sourced book to celebrate 10 years

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