SPEAR Upgraded

This summer we upgraded the software for SPEAR, the software used for printing to a copier, and you will notice a few changes. The first thing you may notice is the login screen looks different, but this is only a cosmetic change and does not affect how you log in.

PaperCut login screen
Login screen for SPEAR

The next thing you may notice is that the screen to release print jobs looks a little different and has a few more features. You will now need to select the jobs you want to print by either putting a check in the check boxes for the jobs you want to print or putting a check in the “Select all” box and then pressing Print.

Select Print Jobs
Select print jobs

The new version also let’s you make a couple of changes to your print jobs before you print them. If you go to one of the color copiers, you will now be able to change a print job from color to grayscale (black and white). On both color, and black and white machines, you can also change it from single sided to double sided. This is handy if you missed a setting when you sent the print job or changed your mind how you wanted it to print. SPEAR will show you how much this change will save. It also shows what settings were used when the job was printed.

PaperCut job release screen.
New features for print jobs

Two other things that have changed is how you get to the copier functions if you have print jobs cued up and how you log out after releasing print jobs. To get to the copier functions, click on the icon in the upper left hand corner, the buttons under the screen and the pullout from the right will not work. To logout after releasing print jobs, click on the exit icon in the upper right hand corner, the Access button will not work.

Copier function and logout
Accessing copier features and logging out

If you do access the copier functions from the job release screen, you can go back to the job release screen by pressing the Release button. At this point the buttons below the screen will also work, along with the pullout on the right, for those used to getting at copier functions that way.

Getting back to print job release
Getting back to print job release screen

Once you have gone to the copier functions from the print job release screen, you will need to use the Access to log out of SPEAR. This applies no matter whether you go back to the print job release screen or not.

Logging out after accessing copier functions.
Logging out after accessing copier functions

If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an in person demo, please let the peripherals group know.

New Technology Menu on School Websites

DTS has been working with the Office of Communications to standardize the information available to families on school websites. Check out the new Technology menu on your school’s home page, which includes links to iPad information, tips for healthy digital habits, the Family Connections newsletter, and more:

Did you know…

While school is out, DTS likes to keep busy over the summer.  With the help of our temporary summer crew we are currently working on many projects across the district.

Here are just a few examples of what DTS is doing this summer: 

Replacing 300 lab computers with new units.Replacing all of the mounted […]

New Login Page

Time Frame: Sunday, June 16, 8:00 pmDescription: The login page used to access email and other applications will be updated. This update will include a change in appearance.. 

Affected Systems – The change will begin on Sunday. Only Google Apps and Mail will be affected at this time. Other systems will be migrated to the new page […]

Schoology Teachers Set to Save TONS of Time this Fall

Schoology was introduced to St. Vrain Valley Schools four years ago and the data doesn’t lie. Teachers are using it every day! In fact, we have seen 6,924,388 visits to schoology.svvsd.org from students, teachers, and parents this school year alone.

However, one suggestion we frequently heard was that teachers did not like entering grades […]

Dear Help Desk,

I want to use a new app (or website) with my sixth grade class, what is my first step?~Yours Truly, Miss Direction

Dear Miss Direction,Thanks for asking. The first step is to ALWAYS check the vendor’s Terms of Service and their Privacy Policy to ensure it aligns with Federal, State of Colorado, and SVVS […]

End of the Year Schoology Resources

On May 25th, your courses will be archived. Have no fear, you can still access them! Below are some resources to help you over the summer!

How can I access my archived schoology courses?I am an exiting district employee and a parent. How do I access Schoology as a parent after I leave? Can […]

Meet Steve Rounds

Technical Support Analyst Years with St. Vrain: 6

What does your average day look like? Typically, my days starts the same as most everyone — E-Mail and catching up on it! I’ll review tickets for the day and try to plan an efficient strategy to travel to the schools I need to visit. Most often […]

End Of Life Chromebooks

This summer the 2nd Generation Samsung Chromebooks are now going end of life.  This means that they will no longer be supported by Google or DTS and will not work for next year’s state assessments.

In addition, these devices will no longer get critical security updates, making them a risk for all other devices in […]

Beyond Citrix Update

DTS continues to move ahead with Beyond Citrix in order to provide school office staff with an improved computing environment.  Sunset Middle, Lyons Middle/Senior and Sanborn Elementary staff have been transitioned and are providing us with feedback that will guarantee a great experience for your school!

In May, we will reach out to school principals to […]