So for the next year we will try to have a new course to the Business Information Technican (datanom) students. We call it "technical drawing" where we want the students to have a clue of different diagrams and how to produce them in 2D (paper/pencil and maybe some easy digital tool).
The next step, to make them think in a 3D way is to use Minecraft.
There's better 3D tools, if you want to do 3D, but hey!
First you have to win your students!
First you have to catch their interest!
At the moment we have way too many students playing games during classes. If we take control over one of the games I believe they find the class so interesting they want to participate.
You have to make your lessons more interesting than games, and so fun they (the students) don't want to do something else but listen to you.
Then, you could apply a more advanced tool: 3D Studio Max or Blender.
But if you start with a tool way too advance you will loose half of the class immediately, and we're trying to avoid that, remember?
You shouldn't need a course or two just to produce simple 3D stuff. After all, we just want them to try to practice think (and experience) 3D.
Why do something complicated when you can do it easy?
Keep It Simple Stupid!
And I believe one of those ways could be the Minecraft way!