As I read through the articles and searched on the Internet the options are almost endless. Choosing an LMS will definitely take research and trial runs. Being a middle school teacher, I know that cost is the biggest issue. Therefore it was not a surprise to me that Moodle is number one. I have use Moodle Middle School Math and my students enjoyed it.
According to the article from Capterra,www.capterra.com/learning-management-system-software/#infographic, October 2014, Top 5 LMS systems are:
1. Moodle – free open source for educators that has the largest selections of activities available which can be customized to meet school’s needs.
2. Edmodo – provides content sharing, real-time feedback, communication tools, classroom management for education
3. Blackboard – Enterprise software applications and services for learning and development used by businesses and education.
4. Skillsoft – choice of hundreds of global organizations for learning programs within organizations.
5. Schoology – online learning, classroom management, and social networking platform.
I researched more and found that Google has started an LMS, which is currently only available to education. However, though my school uses many Google Apps and has a school Google site, I was not able to access it. After reading further, I found that Google classroom just went up in January 2015 after a beta that began October 2014. It appeared that Google classroom charges $8 annually for a domain name to use the LMS.