Getting more done
in less time
Prince Alfred College in Adelaide is one of Australia’s leading boys’ boarding and day schools, with around 1100 students from ELC to Year 12. Prince Alfred College provides a unique learning environment for boys with programs that nurture their individual needs and inspire a natural love of learning, enabling them to flourish both at school and beyond.
John Stewart is the Head of Preparatory School, supervising 500 students in the Early Learning Centre and Preparatory School. Although he has been with Prince Alfred College only since the beginning of 2020, his journey in education commenced close to three decades ago. As the head of the school, it can get very busy for him managing correspondence with parents and colleagues throughout the day. To save himself time during the day, he relies on digital dictation instead of typing.
SpeechLive, the better way of dictating
At his previous school where John was the Head of Junior School he saw a colleague using a dictaphone. He explained that his colleague used the device to record all his correspondence throughout the day and then give the tapes to his personal assistant for typing. “I asked why he dictated, and he had only positive feedback on the process in addition to how it saved him time, so I decided to get something similar,” John said. He spoke to his IT department to explore options that allowed him to use his Apple devices. “I am an avid user of Apple equipment and I wanted something similar that would work on my phone, rather than use a dictaphone. After a bit of research, we came across the Philips SpeechLive app which only needed to be downloaded from the App store to get started. For my personal assistant, they purchased the foot pedal and headphones to type my dictations. When I arrived at PAC, I was keen to keep using the Philips SpeechLive app. I spoke with the IT department and they sourced the relevant equipment, and we were up and running.”
Philips SpeechLive can be accessed from anywhere using the Chrome or Firefox internet browsers. Transcriptionists or personal assistants simply log in to securely access dictation jobs. Finished documents can be uploaded in the portal to complete the workflow.
SpeechLive has benefited me in terms of time savings. I’ve been using it for a while now. It fits all my needs in terms of my schedule and my style of work, and I would recommend it to other educators to take advantage of it.
Head of Preparatory School, Prince Alfred College