The Chicago Tribune reports that Western Springs resident David Freeman founded the Wilderness Classroom Program and has been taking children one exotic cyberspace field trips for the past few years. Freeman says that the “program is designed to get students excited about learning … We want the program to motivate students, especially those who aren’t motivated by textbooks.” It is estimated that 900 teachers participate in Freeman’s program and these teachers develop class projects based on his adventures. Through the program, Freeman sends daily video clips of his travels, and talks to students every week via a live chat room. Freeman also distributes lesson guides to participating teachers before departing on his trips. Recently, Freeman embarked on a kayak trip along the shores of Lake Superior. As part of a math assignment, some St. Mary Catholic School students analyzed data collected by Freeman to assess the lake’s water quality. In addition, to help build critical-thinking skills, Freeman posts a “daily dilemma” on his site. Some past dilemmas have asked students for suggestions on ways to acquire food or avoid dangerous situations…