These are projects posted by the students of Dr. Gove Allen at Brigham Young University. These students have taken one semester-long course on VBA and generally have had no prior programming experience

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Behavior Tracker

Stephen Bolt
Behavior Tracker

Executive Summary

Description of Business
My wife is a special education teacher at a local elementary school. She frequently has to do observations on students to monitor their behavior in class. Currently she uses just a paper/pencil system to track whether or not a student is on task or off task at 15 second intervals for a 15 minute observation. She also tracks whether or not a comparison student is on task or off task. She records what activities the student is engaged in and makes appropriate notes. After she has recorded all of this, she then has to transfer the data to an electronic format and then file in a folder she keeps on hand for each student. Doing it with pencil and paper makes it hard to track progress over time. Difficulty also exists in constantly looking at a watch or phone timer, looking at the students, and then recording on a hard copy. 

Overview of System

I created an excel program with a form that can be used to record the behavioral data for both the target and comparison student. The form has tickers that are clicked during each 15 second interval for on task or off task behavior, as well as compliant or noncompliant behavior towards teacher instructions. I have also included a timer on the sheet that is controlled from “Start”, “Stop”, and “Reset” buttons on the form. This allows more efficient recording by avoiding the use of another device such as a phone, clock, or watch. The system timer alerts the recorder in red at the interval marks, along with a sound alerting to “Observe Behavior.” Other important information is recorded on the form, including the student name, date, homeroom teacher, observer name, activities engaged in and observer comments. When the observation is finished, all of the data is imported into the spreadsheet, along with calculated percentages of performance. Additionally, a pivot table is updated on another sheet every time data is recorded and saved. 


Excel File

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