Common Core Digital Assessment – Demystifying Your “Online” Readiness, and More With Splunk!

My family and I are very fortunate to live in one of the best school districts in Illinois, possibly the Midwest. This year Illinois became one of the 38 bold states to implement Common Core. Is it controversial or progressive? Dichotomous viewpoints for sure. Nonetheless, it necessitates assessments be realigned to these standards and states have chosen (or are gravitating) to employing one of the following three assessments: the SBAC (Smarter Balanced), PARCC (Pearson), or Aspire (ACT). All three have or are propelling states to replace traditional paper based exams with online assessments. Obvious benefits to online assessments include reduced test administration, automatic scoring, and instant diagnostic reporting for comparing results to other schools, districts, and …
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Recycling and Re-tooling by building with RAFT

By Stephanie Han

 

Splunk’s own Revenue and OM team spent a warm March morning working at RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching) in San Jose, assembling activity kits for teachers and students throughout the Bay area. The team constructed more than one hundred Breadboard Circuit kits, used to teach 1,500 students about electricity and creating basic circuits, and 41 Motorized Shake Table kits, which will be used to teach 1,640 students about earthquakes and structures.

 

But we were doing much more than building educational tools for Bay Area students. Each of these learning kits was comprised of recycled materials donated by companies throughout the Bay Area.

We weren’t only helping to build important resource kits for Bay Area students, …

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Splunking the Leftovers

By Billy Priest

From time to time, you may have seen me scuttling out the front door in the evening, toting a heavily loaded Instacart or caterer’s bag. You might have wondered what it was I was carrying out of the building in so carefree a manner.

Wonder no more: It’s the leftovers!

Despite detailed tracking of food and beverage consumption by floor, it’s impossible to buy exactly the right amount of food here at HQ. So when groceries arrive for the third floor, it had been my habit to simply throw away anything that had reached its “sell by” date (I got emails complaining about “expired” food if I didn’t). But since the “sell by” date is often a week or more ahead …

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FIRST Robotic Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology

 

By Al Myscich

I have talked with my son’s McKinney High School FRC crew, Team 4300, about what is important during their current competition Recycle Rush. I discovered they need a way to organize the data collected during matches. Splunk could help them organize this information into user friendly dashboards that would allow them to make decisions quickly with the visualizations.

The critical data they need access to is during the autonomous period of the matches. They need to know if the other teams can move to the autozone, move totes to the autozone, move containers to the autozone, or stack totes.

The other detail they need to understand is how successful the other teams are at completing all …

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Smart AnSwerS #14

Hey there and welcome to the 14th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Here at Splunk, we’re not only building a community of users through user groups as highlighted in last week’s Smart AnSwerS blog, but we also participate in some cool projects for various communities at large through our corporate social responsibility program Splunk4Good. What better way to make a difference than through using our very own products to analyze and visualize big data for positive social impact? You can check out live projects at www.splunk4good.com to see the potential and possibilities. Aside from just using Splunk to do good, we ourselves engage with local (and not so local) communities too. Just this past Tuesday, piebob and …

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#tbt: 5 of My Favourite Splunk Projects

Splunk Aircraft Monitoring

Not being one to look back at the past I usually hate the throwback Thursday hashtag.

That said, when you take a moment to look back and see some of the things our awesome customers are doing with Splunk there are occasions where I’ll consider it acceptable – this being one.

And with this justification, here are 5 of my favourite Splunk projects.…

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She’s on a Mission: Dana Le

Dana Le profile

It’s not everyday that Splunkers head to Uganda by themselves. Much less to serve on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic halfway around the world.

But Dana Le is clearly no average Splunker.

In February 2015, Dana will be traveling to Uganda with Rescue Widows, Elderly, Youth and Orphans With AIDS (RWEYOWA), a Kampala, Uganda-based organization that works to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS and improve the lives of those affected.

And not only is Dana donating her time for this trip – where she will provide education programs to local primary schools about HIV prevention, HIV counseling, and conduct home visits to those infected with HIV/AIDS – she also donates 100 percent of her weekend on-call …

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Biking With Splunk>4Good for Early Cancer Detection!

Earlier this year, a group of Splunkers decided to embark on the Canary Challenge—getting involved with the fight against cancer to benefit the Canary Center at Stanford.

To help make a difference in the lives of many family, friends, and colleagues who have been touched by cancer, each Splunker was tasked with training for a 50km, 75km, 75mile or 100mile bike ride through the beautiful scenery of the Peninsula and at least $400 worth of fundraising. Our team here at Splunk was able to use some creative fundraising campaigns to raise $7,986 as a team towards exceeding the overall Canary Challenge goal of $1M. In the end, the final fundraising tally of $1,094,322 will help the Canary Center …

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Marines and Baby Wipes?

By Mike Glauser

What started as a cost-saving maneuver has turned into an improbable relief effort.

The Splunk Facilities team has donated more than 4,000 baby wipes to Operation Care and Comfort, a non-profit organization committed to supporting our troops during time of war. OCC has donated more than 1 million pounds of care packages to U.S. military personnel since 2003.

Operation Care and Comfort logo

Why does our Facilities team have so many baby wipes? And why do our troops want so many baby wipes? The answer to both of these questions is a happy case of coincidence.

Enter Andrew Doudna, the newest member of the Facilities team. While serving his country in the Marines, Andrew became acutely aware of what is needed on …

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Splunk Answers President’s Call for Open Data with eRegulations Insights

Open data has become all the rage, and while governments at the local and state level have aggressively moved to release vast quantities of data, the White House is clearly leading the charge. With more than 100,000 data sets, data.gov has become the mother lode of open data. But how to make sense of all of this data? Why, by Splunking it, of course.

eRegulations Insights was announced this morning and developed in response to President Obama’s call for technology leaders to help harness the power of open data through collaboration and public-private partnerships.

Public data projects are a big part of what we do, and naturally we try to find interesting ways to drill into open data to both …

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