The name LeMill was chosen in a fair wiki-fights among the developers. This page is documenting the discussion about the name.
When choosing name for the product we should think about:
- Where is it already used?
- Is it possible to become the first in search engines (Google)?
- What does it mean in other languages?
It also has to reflect the aim and content of “it” and sound nice.
Our toolbox is aimed to be like workshop - cosy place where teachers can come together, share experiences and make together new “staff”.
It is educational or learning or knowledge building workshop but EduShop?, LearningShop? and KnowledgeShop? sounds suspicious. Seams like somebody wants to sell something. They are also heavily used: EduShop? (176000 hits in Google), LearningShop? (869) and KnowledgeShop? (1640).
Maybe we should use same word from an other language like: Workshop (chamber, shop-floor); töötuba (kamber, koda); Work Stube (Zimmer, Kammer, Werkstatt); töypaja and combine them with words Edu or Learning.
It's probably impossible to check in every European language, what does it mean.
- Learning Pattern Engine
- Toolbox. There are many other toolboxes from Apache Toolbox to Evangelism Toolbox. Toolbox is also used in MediaWiki user interface. Getting good result in Google is difficult. There are also several Learning Toolboxes.
- LeSampo - Learning Sampo
- Cosa Le - Collaborative Sampo of Learning (from Timo Rantalaiho)
- Le Cosa
sounds nice - or could it be "Le Cosa", or just simply "Le Sampo" = Learning Sampo?
- Hamlet's Mill
If Toolbox will be related with Merlin’s (wizard) name, then Toolbox is like tool of wizard (teacher is like today’s wizard).
- Harry Potter had a want – to small tool I think
- Gandalf had a staff – long stick that was used for walking, for protection and for magic.
Staff is also crew of … teachers. Toolbox is like teachers room – staff room. We can use other synonym for word “teachers room”?
Unfortunately staff is also symbol of authority (old-school tool)
In Estonia Staff means “lot of things” (content, tools, …) Like “kama” in Finish.
Comment by hans on Wed Nov 30 16:41:34 2005
I know what bierstube is, so stube must be a room... I think that LearningStube? gives a wrong impression that learning takes place in Toolbox. Of course authoring is also learning, but we must emphasize that Toolbox is not a learning environment.
Comment by jukka on Tue Feb 21 14:10:10 2006
I'll suggest Wisdomshare. Google finds nothing but someone's login name with that and wisdom is something I think any educator would like to be associated with. As the teaching stories will play important role in communities. Or a bit more complicated "Guided by Example", shorthand "GuibE" where it is ambiguous are you there to be an example or to be guided, but anyway gives the idea of the place very efficiently.
Comment by tarmo on Thu Mar 16 11:15:57 2006
The proposal "LeMill" is gaining popularity in our discussions, so we'll probably head that way after the Brussels meeting.