This is the Pcues App (Pcues for pronunciation cues), and it is the first layer of the Literacy Safety Net.
This new form of assistive technology enables less-than-proficient readers to learn from written materials that would be otherwise beyond their reading level, and it does so while improving their reading skills in the process.
Slow and labored word recognition (inefficient decoding) undermines fluency and comprehension, and it is the most common bottleneck to improved reading. The Pcues App Component of the Literacy Safety Net works with any text, with any curriculum, on any platform, and provides students with instant, on-demand, interactive word-recognition support.
Rather than playing the sound of the word or providing all the "hints" at once (both short-circuit learning to decode), the popup gives only as many hints as the student needs to recognize the word - always stretching and supporting their minds to work to recognize, rather than guess, unfamiliar words. This simple popup can run on virtually every phone, tablet, and computer in use today, and it can be used to assist students as they read virtually any source of online text (emails, homework assignment, Wikipedia articles, news stories, e-books, etc..).